Potassium : One of the most important micronutrients required by the human body.

Potassium converts carbohydrates into energy and stimulates the liver.  Potassium helps to regulate water balance in the body, and the distribution of fluids on both sides of the cell walls. It is an electrolyte needed to maintain fluid balance, normal heartbeat, and nerve transmission. Potassium is absorbed through the intestines and is stored in the cells and kidneys. It is necessary for adrenal glands. Potassium is important for proper muscle contractions, normal blood pressure, growth, nerve impulses, healthy skin, cell metabolism, and enzyme reactions.

 

 

 

 

Functions of Potassium in Our Body

  • It is necessary for normal muscle contraction and helps in prevention of fatigue and depression.
  • It helps reduce the risk of stroke especially in people with high blood pressure.
  •  It maintains intracellular osmotic pressure as potassium chloride.
  • It maintains intracellular reaction as-phosphates, bicarbonates, and proteinates-potassium constitutes a very important buffer system in the cell.
  • It transports carbon dioxide by being present in red cells.
  • Its ions help in prolong relaxation and inhibit cardiac contraction.
  •  Its ions inhibit muscular contraction.
  • The use of potassium helps in treating low blood sugar, muscle abnormalities, leg cramps and sciatica.

 

Potassium Deficiency

  • Potassium deficiency result in slow heart rate, scarring of heart muscle, hypertrophy of kidneys, paralysis of muscle, retarded bone growth, excessive fragileness in bones, lethargy, loss of appetite, and sterility.

Potassium Rich Foods

Spinach,  Avocado, Cantaloupe,  Broccoli,Tomatoes,  Artichokes, Beet root  Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips,  Blackeyed Peas, Potatoes,   Pumpkin, Soybeans
Winter Squash,  Water Chestnuts, Yam, Bitter Melon, Fennel, Mustard Green, Apricot , Banana, Currants, Dates, Figs,  Guava, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Persimmon,  Plantain, Pomegranate, Raisins, Plums,  Cashews , Pistachios Adzuki Beans, Navy beans, Buckwheat,  Quinoa , White Beans,  Lentils , Pinto beans.

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4 Replies to “Potassium : One of the most important micronutrients required by the human body.”

  1. Found this interesting because the past few days I’ve suffered a lot of muscle soreness. I’ve always been craving brussels sprouts. I looked them up earlier today and discovered that they are exceptionally high in potassium. After two days of eating large quantities, my muscle pain is gone. Thanks for sharing.

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