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Importance of Potassium

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The Department of Nephrology and Endocrinology, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, has shown that potassium offsets salt-induced cardiovascular distress.

Potassium is highly concentrated in your cells, whereas sodium (salt) is concentrated between your cells.

A new study from Japan shows that a lack of potassium is a primary reason why salt can cause high blood pressure and cardiovascular damage. Summer time with it’s high heat can aggravate a potassium deficiency.

Potassium is the most important positive ion within your cells. Your cells have an ion pump that pumps 2 potassium ions into a cell while pumping 3 sodium ions out. This maintains the proper electrical charges within your cells.

Potassium, like magnesium and calcium, are minerals that help buffer your body against stress and helps maintain the proper pH in your body. When your body becomes too acidic  all sorts of unhealthy problems arise.