Minerals => Macro Element => Potassium

What Potassium Does? It is a Primary Intra-cellular Cation. It is present Manifold in Intra-cellular Fluids as Compared to Extracellular Fluids (30 Times!). As it is a component of Cell-Body Fluids, it helps control Heart Rate & Blood Pressure. It is an essential Nutrient & is present in all Plant & Animal Tissues! It is essential for:

  • Proper functioning of Cells, Tissues & Other Body Organs,
  • It is a Body Electrolyte (Along with Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, Chloride & Few More),
  • Heart-Circulatory Functions,
  • Skeletal System (Bone Health) & Smooth Muscle Contraction (Digestive & Muscular Contraction),
  • Good functioning of Nervous (Neurological) System,
  • Proper functioning of our Abdominal-Digestive System.

Excess in the body leads to Hyper-Kalaemia (Usually Due Non-Optimum Function of Kidneys), & Scarcity leads to Hypo-Kalaemia.

Optimum Potassium balance in The Body Depends on ‘The amount of Sodium & Magnesium’ in The Body. Too Much Sodium Intake (Salt-Baking Soda…) reduces assimilation of Potassium in The Body, intake for which then needs to be increased.

Reasons for Shortage of Potassium: Bad-Un-Balanced Diet, Mal-Nutrition, Excess Sweating, Diarrhoea, Vomiting, Crohn Disease (IBD), and as always ‘Side-Effects of Modern Medicines’.

Potassium Deficiency may lead to:

  • Fatigue-Lack of Energy,
  • Neurological Mal-Function (Brain Stroke),
  • Muscle Cramps – Bad Bone Health (Osteoporosis),
  • Abdominal-Stomach Disturbances – High Acidity – Stones Formation,
  • Irregular Heart Functions,
  • High Blood Pressure.

Rich Source of Potassium:

Plant Sources:           Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Cauliflower, Corn,

Herbs & Spices:         Fennel Seeds (सौंफ), Chillies,

Fruit Sources:            Banana, Citrus Fruits (Orange, Strawberries), Pineapples, Avocado, Water Melon, Figs (Anjira), Peaches (आडू), Cantaloupes

Animal Sources:        Dairy Products,

My View it is best to Avoid Synthetic Supplements and Only Go in For Organic Sources.

Daily Recommended Values:

Adults:                        2.5 – 5 Grams/Day (2000-5000 mg/Day).

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