Potassium - Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food SourcesWhat is Potassium?
Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body. It is known as an electrolyte in human body. The human body has about a 4.5 ounce supply and most of it is located inside muscle cells. Most of the body's potassium is stored in the body fluids inside the cells. One of the most important roles of potassium is its ability to control how the nerves and muscles act. Tests conducted on individuals with high blood pressure have shown that increasing the amount of potassium has helped them to lower their blood pressure. Magnesium helps maintain the potassium in the cells, but the sodium and potassium balance is as finely tuned as those of calcium and phosphorus or calcium and magnesium.
Uses and Benefits of Potassium
Deficiency Symptoms of Potassium
Recommended Dosage of PotassiumThe range of actual intake for children is 780 to 1,600 milligrams per day; the adults range is estimated at 1,950 to 5,900 milligrams per day. Children/adolescents should have to taken 90 mg per day and for infants it should be 90 mg.
Rich Food Sources of Potassium
The food sources which contains potassium are almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, bacon, bananas, beans, beef, beef liver, beet greens, beets, blackberries, cabbage, caviar, celery, cheese, chicken, chicken liver, chocolate, clams, hot cocoa, corn, dates, fish, garlic, goose, green peas, lamb liver, macadamia, milk molasses, mushrooms, Swiss chard, Turkey liver, and veal liver etc. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, parsley, and lettuce, as well as broccoli are also good source of potassium.
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