Potassium is essential for the body’s growth and maintenance. It is necessary to keep a normal water balance between the cells and body fluids. Potassium plays an essential role in proper heart function.
Deficiency may cause muscular cramps, twitching and weakness, irregular heartbeat, insomnia, kidney and lung failure.
Apricots, Kale, mustard greens, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, winter squash, blackstrap molasses, eggplant, cantaloupe, and tomatoes.
Catnip, hops, horsetail, nettle, plantain, red clover, sage and skullcap
Estimated Minimum Requirements 2000 mg/day for adults and adolescents. For people 4 years or older, eating 2,000 calories per day, the RDIs are 4700 mg/day.
Because the body helps to maintain blood levels toxicity is rare but may occur. Elevated blood levels of potassium may cause an irregular heartbeat or even heart attack and high intakes of potassium salts (potassium chloride and potassium bicarbonate) may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or ulcers. Persons with kidney disease may be at greater risk of potassium toxicity.