(Uses): Helps alleviate stress; relaxes muscle contractions; important for proper functioning of the heart; prevention of kidney stones; helpful in treating PMS; mild effect on lowering blood pressure; helpful in treating autism and hyperactivity in children; may help reduce lead toxicity.
(Deficiency): fatigue, anorexia, irritability, muscle tremors, decreased learning ability, insomnia, confusion, poor memory, apathy, apprehension, rapid heartbeat.
(Food Sources): apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, cantaloupe, dairy products, dulse, figs, garlic, grapefruit, green leafy vegetables, kelp, lemons, lima beans, millet, nuts, peaches, black-eyed peas, salmon, seasame seeds, soybeans, tofu, watercress, wheat, whole grains.
(Herbal Sources): Alfalfa, bladder wrack, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, eyebright, fennel, fenugreek, hops, horsetail, lemongrass, licorice, mullein, netle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaf, red clover, sage, shepherd’s purse, yarrow, yellow dock.
(RDA): 300 -350 mg per day for adults