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Potassium

Potassium is a mineral essential for one’s daily diet, it helps the process of muscle contraction and in keeping fluids inside the body. Further, potassium is essential to keep the water and pH level in the body balanced, for correct functioning of the nervous system, and for the muscles, including the heart muscle, used as a cofactor in the functioning of different enzymes which control the entrance of amino acids into cells. Potassium is vital for maintaining normal blood pressure. Potassium is important in sending neural information through the neurons and the release of energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates during metabolism. Potassium deficiency is manifested in fatal hypokalemia (hypokalemia is defined as a decrease of potassium blood level below 3.6 millimeters, and linked to an increased risk of death from heart rhythm disturbances, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease).

Additionally, potassium bonds with calcium and prevents its exit from the body. While eating sugars, the sugar disassociates the potassium and allows osteoporosis, which later causes the creation of weak teeth.

Potassium sources in food - beef, chicken, fish, banana, apricot, melon, grapes, loquats, figs, dried fruit, kiwi, pomegranate, mango, carrot, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, parsley, mushrooms, asparagus , cauliflower, spinach, tomatoes, squash, celery, chestnuts, Paul cooked, soy products, beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, wheat, avocado, sunflower seeds, peanuts and almonds nuts, peanut butter, Tahini salad, sesame seeds, hard cheese.

Benefits and roles of Potassium:

· Potassium participates in maintaining the pH balance in the body.

· Potassium is required for normal heart functioning and in addition to proper nerve and muscle functioning.

· Potassium is essential for proper and effective functioning of the nerve cells.

· Essential for energy production and enzyme activity.

· Essential for growth, creating beneficial proteins and secretion of toxins from the body by the kidneys.

· Potassium is beneficial during periods of high blood pressure and preventing such situations.

Potassium's main role is ensuring the proper functioning of the cell walls. This task is completed together with sodium, as the Potassium stays inside of the cells while the Sodium is outside of them. The second most important task is to support the concentration and functioning of magnesium, nutrient that is vital for heart health. If the level of either potassium or magnesium is low, it is likely that the other one will be low too.

Improving the cell balance by using potassium as a supplement is one of the most effective strategies that we can use against heart diseases and cancer. Sufficient consumption of potassium is more important than limiting the salt consumption for regulating blood pressure. Potassium is also essential for maintaining the optimum level of energy, health nerve cells, muscles shrink, sports activities and a variety of other activities.