Our 13th nutrient mineral (in alphabetical
order). Mineral. Chemical symbol: K. One
of the most important minerals in our bodies.
Working with sodium and chloride and other
important substances to form "electrolytes",
or the essential electrically charged ions
which make up our bodily fluids.
Lowers blood pressure. Slows aging of the
circulatory system. Prevents stroke. Plays
an important role in nerve conduction, energy
production, synthesis of nucleic acids and
proteins, regulating heartbeat, kidney function,
and muscle contraction.
Maintains water balance within cells. Stabilizes
internal structure of cells. Helps to conduct
nerve impulses. May protect against stroke.
Improves athletic performance. May help
treat and prevent cancer.
Vomiting. Muscular weakness and paralysis.
Muscle pains. Overwhelming fatigue. Low
blood pressure. Acne. Nervousness. Constipation.
Dry skin. Cardiac arrest. Insomnia.
Raisins. Fresh fruits (avocado pears, bananas,
Dried apricots. Vegetables. Coffee. Nuts.
Potatoes. Soybean. Soya flour. Tomato juice.
Whole grain bread. Cereals.
US RDA: 900mg
EU RDA: 3,500mg
Supplements are normally not required. Is
found abundantly in foods.
May cause muscular weakness and mental apathy,
eventually stopping the heart. May cause
ulceration of the small intestine.