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Potential Benefits: Potassium plays an important role in muscle contraction and nerve transmission. Many of our muscle and nerve cells have specialized channels for moving potassium in and out of the cell.

Sometimes Potassium moves freely in and out, and sometimes a special energy-driven pump is required. When the movement of Potassium is blocked, or when Potassium is deficient in the diet, activity of both muscles and nerves can become compromised.

Potassium is involved in the storage of carbohydrates for use by muscles as fuel. It is also important in maintaining the body's proper electrolyte balance.

Description: As well as being another of the major mineral family, the Potassium mineral is also related to the electrolyte family. The other members of this family include Sodium and Chloride.

Unlike Sodium and Chloride which are found mainly in the body fluids that surround cells, approximately 95% 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.


Potential Side Effects: In high doses can cause diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting. Elevated blood levels of Potassium can be toxic, and may cause an irregular heartbeat or even heart attack.

Potential Interaction: Potassium deficiency is possible especially as a result of excessive vomiting, diarrhoea, diuretics and laxative misuse. Water retention, a loss of appetite, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, irregular heart beating, poor circulation, diabetes, earaches and headaches, hypertension, pain in the abdomen.

It also affects the nerves and muscles that don't function normally, a thirst that cannot be quenched, and an overall feeling of weakness are the symptoms most often associated with a Potassium deficiency.

General Usage: May be taken daily.

Food Sources: Almonds, Apricots, Aubergine, Avocado, Banana, Bell Pepper, Blackstrap Molasses, Brazil Nuts, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chard, Crimini Mushrooms, Cucumber, Dandelion, Fennel, Flax/Linseeds, Ginger Root, Halibut, Kale, Mustard Greens, Parsley, Raisins, Salmon, Spinach, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Tuna, Turmeric and Winter Squash.