Last Modified on May 11, 2015
A part of every cell in the body, potassium is an essential nutrient. Life is literally impossible without this one key element. As such, potassium is an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions and a necessary dietary component for preventing an array of health issues.
What is Potassium?
A fairly simple mineral, potassium is often overlooked as an essential mineral. At its core, potassium is crucial for life and bodily function. Its main purpose is helping the heart beat. Potassium actually triggers the squeezing or pumping of the heart that feeds blood throughout the body.
Potassium is an abundant mineral that is found in both the soil and in seawater. The nutrient is considered a critical electrolyte that feeds the body. This singular nutrient is responsible for enabling muscle movement, motivating nerve function and filtering blood in the kidneys. The body must have an adequate or appropriate balance of the nutrient to facilitate beating of the heart and functioning of the cardiovascular system.
Most individuals get an adequate amount of potassium daily by eating a normal diet. Fruits and vegetables are typically the main source of potassium in an individual’s diet; however, potassium is also found in dairy products, whole grains, meat, and fish. Potatoes, tomatoes, avocados, fresh fruit, orange juice, dried fruit, spinach, beans, and peas are among the best sources of potassium.
Health Benefits of Potassium
As potassium plays such a vital role in the body, getting enough of the nutrient is crucial for good health. The nutrient also functions as an effective health treatment when used as a supplement. A diet high in potassium has such effects as reducing the risk of heart disease, lowering the risk of cancer, and decreasing the risk of obesity.
Additionally, potassium is used to treat specific conditions. Eye dryness, gout, lupus, high cholesterol, stroke, and heart disease can all be treated and prevented using potassium.
As with any nutritional supplement, potassium must be taken in moderation. In appropriate doses, however, the nutrient offers ample health benefits and produces positive effects on the heart and the rest of the body.
I am 55 yrs old and have high potassium (5.6). Will taking Apple Cider Vinegar make my potassium even higher? Is it safe for me?
Replied by Karen
05/11/2015Posted by Alfred (Bangkok, Thailand) on 04/20/2010
My Opinion.. I Discovered ACV in 1994 for my personal use.. I have taken it steady and have suggested that my friends should take.
MY CONCLUSION.. MOST PEOPLE ARE LOW ON POTASSIUM..HAVE YOU EVER ASKED YOUR DOCTOR WHEN YOU TAKE A BLOOD TEST.. TO PLEASE CHECK YOUR POTASIUM LEVEL.. I DO NOT THINK YOUR DOCTOR WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT.. NORMAL LEVEL IS 3-5.. IF YOUR LEVEL IS LOWER THAN 3.. YOUR SICK.
THE REASON YOU FEEL BETTER WHEN YOU TAKE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR... ITS LOADED WITH POTASSIUM.
STAY WELL MY FRIENDS
EC: re: Potassium content of Apple Cider Vinegar
Bragg's ACV has only 11 mg of potassium per teaspoon (http://bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html)... quite a negligible quantity. A banana, on the other hand, contains at least 450 mg of potassium. If you're interested in increasing potassium, bananas are a better way to go!Replied by Luppi