There is no particular problem related to potassium intake, except in the case of diarrhoea which causes high potassium losses. Some heart or kidney diseases demand a modification of the dietary amounts of Potassium. During diuretic treatment, the potassium content should be monitored.

A little background information

Potassium is a major mineral element that nutritionists call a mineral macro element because of the large amounts needed by the body.

Its role in the body

Potassium is an essential macro mineral and is very important in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.  Potassium depletion can result in various neurological dysfunctions due to disruption to electrical potentials with cell membranes.

Natural sources

It is often found in the form of mineral salts. For humans, the best sources of potassium are vegetables and dried fruits, avocado, meat and smoked fish, as well as chocolate and bananas.


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