Potassium is an essential mineral needed by all tissues in the body and necessary for the normal functioning of all cells. It regulates the heartbeat (lowers stroke incidence), ensures proper function of the muscles and nerves, and is vital for synthesizing protein and metabolizing carbohydrates.
Benefits of potassium include helps prevent kidney stones, osteoporosis and diabetes, potassium strengthens muscles, and helps with muscle twitching. It protects against leg cramps, counters high salt, supports bowel movements, helps to contract, and relax muscles and maintain pH in the body, helps push fluids through the body and helps to prevent edema and gout. As well as benefits brain function, cognitive benefits, offers mood support and cerebellum support.
Symptoms of potassium deficiency include fatigue, irritability, nerve damage, tingling limbs (pins and needle sensation), loss of sensitivity in feet and fingers, muscle weakness, rapid heartbeat, difficulty waking up, mental confusion, coordination problems, blurry vision, nausea and/or vomiting, confusion, reduced awareness of your environment, an inability to think clearly and memory loss. Certain medications will rob the body of potassium.
This is information only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure, please refer to your health practitioner.