Potassium has a reputation as the "healthy salt", which has low sodium. Potassium deficiency may cause many health problems, but enough of it will ensure that you'll enjoy its benefits.
Helps Muscle Health
Potassium is one of the main electrolytes in our body. It is essential in muscle contractions and growth, protein synthesis and nerve cell function. Along with another electrolyte, sodium, it helps to to regulate the water levels in the cells.
Regulates Blood Pressure
Epidemiologic evidence suggests that potassium and magnesium may play an important role in regulating blood pressure because diets that provide plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are good sources of potassium and magnesium, are consistently associated with lower blood pressure.
Helps Heart Healthy
One of the most significant functions of potassium is that it regulates not only our blood pressure but also the fluid levels that is responsible for the steady thumping of our heart.
Ensure Nerve Functions
Potassium contributes a lot to our nervous system because it promotes the correct function of the tissues of the nervous system.
Helps Clean Body
Potassium is required by the kidneys in order to get rid of the waste products from our body.
Make You Smarter
Potassium is responsible for bringing in adequate oxygen to our brain, thus making it function better.
Potassium compounds, such as potassium nitrate, are used in many fields and industries.
The following is a news release summary that might help you better understand the benefits of potassium.
-- Physical Activity and Metabolism conference in San Francisco (March 2010)
Eating plenty of potassium-rich foods may reduce the risk of stroke and coronary artery disease, according to Italian researchers.
The new analysis was based on 10 studies published between 1966 and 2009 that included almost 280,000 adults. During follow-ups that ranged from five to 19 years, there were over 5,500 strokes and almost 3,100 coronary heart disease events, the investigators found.
Higher potassium intake was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of stroke and an 8 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease. The findings support global recommendations for people to increase their consumption of potassium-rich foods in order to prevent vascular disease, said Dr. Pasquale Strazzullo, of the University of Naples, and colleagues.
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