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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Author: Manoj

My Research on Ancient (But Highly Intelligent & Advanced) Studies-Ayurveda & So Called Modern Studies (!!) has brought me literally back from Dead! Quit my sailing job in 2009 due Serious Medical Conditions (Severe Vision Loss, Severe Haemorrhoids, Severe Depression...), But few incidences (Rajiv Dixit CD's, Fatal Ailments Getting Cured at High End Ayurveda Ashrams, Khongress Leaders Going to Ayurveda Ashram!!!!!!!) Prompted me towards 'Dedicated & Devoted Studies of The Greatest (Ancient-Original) Medical Science-Ayurveda'.