This important mineral is a major component of the cells
in our body and is required for muscle contraction, production of energy,
synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins. Even the beating of the heart depends
on potassium. Potassium benefits athletic performance, but is depleted from the
body by excessive loss of fluid like that experienced during intense workouts.
Many athletes take Potassium to prevent and fight off muscle cramps. Drink a
glass of water with your Potassium Gluconate supplement. Also, increase your
intake of water when taking this product as it helps with overall performance.
This mineral is important for a healthy nervous system
and a regular heart rhythm. It helps prevent stroke, aids in proper muscle
contraction, and works with sodium to control the body's water balance.
Potassium is important for chemical reactions within the cells and aids in
maintaining stable blood pressure and in transmitting electrochemical impulses.
Potassium (gluconate) reduces blood pressure, maintains fluid balance,
encourages parasympathetic nervous system, and increases insulin sensitivity.
Potassium (gluconate), considered by some the major
electrolyte, is found almost exclusively in the intracellular fluids of the
cell. Sodium is found in the extra cellular fluids, but it is equilibrium
between potassium and sodium that determines fluid balance and blood pressure
regulation. A high potassium-low sodium intake reduces the blood vessel constricting
effects of adrenaline, a hormone elicited by the sympathetic nervous system;
lower blood pressure results.
Lack of potassium has been shown to cause muscle
weakness, irregular heartbeat, mood changes, or nausea and vomiting. A shortage
of potassium can cause a potentially fatal condition known as hypokalemia.
Symptoms of hypokalemia include weakness, lack of energy, muscle cramps,
stomach disturbances, an irregular heartbeat, and an abnormal EKG
(electrocardiogram). Potassium deficiency will increase acid levels in the
body, lowering the natural pH, which will have far reaching effects. Lack of
potassium can also aggravate problems caused by lack of protein. Potassium
deficiency can cause problems with the formation of connective tissue, and can render
normally strong body tissues vulnerable to all kinds of problems. A deficiency
of potassium (hypokalemia) can occur in people with chronic disease or as a
result of the aging process. The most common problems associated with reduced
potassium levels are hypertension, congestive heart failure, cardiac
arrhythmias, depression, and fatigue.
A variety of conditions can cause the loss of potassium
from your body. The most common of these conditions are vomiting, diarrhea, and
other gastrointestinal problems. Kidney disease (such as acute renal failure)
and diabetes, depending on the stage of either, can also cause fluctuations in
the levels of potassium. Additionally, many medications can cause depletion of
potassium. Some examples include diuretics, cortisone, prolonged use of
aspirin, and laxatives. The most common symptom of potassium depletion is
fatigue. Other symptoms of potassium deficiency include slow reflexes, muscle
weakness, and dry skin. A quick loss of potassium could lead to cardiac
arrhythmias. Severe potassium deficiency symptoms include decreased heart rate,
extreme muscle weakness, bone fragileness and, if untreated, death. A low level
of potassium can be determined with a blood test and can certainly be treated
with potassium supplements.
Thirty-seven adults, with mildly elevated blood pressure,
participated in a study to determine the hypotensive nature of minerals.
Potassium (2.5 gram/day), administered for 8 weeks, reduced systolic pressure
by an average of 12 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by about 16 mmHg. The
addition of magnesium offered no further advantage. (Patki et al., 1990) The
major benefit of potassium, typically, occurs during the third month of usage
and continues thereafter.
Hypertensive individuals over 65 years of age may find
particular value in potassium (gluconate), since medications are not always as
effective among senior subjects. Administering 2.5 grams/day of potassium over
4 weeks to 18 untreated elderly hypertensive patients resulted in a systolic drop
of 12 mmHg and a diastolic reduction of 7 mmHg. (Fotherby, 1992) All entered
the study with systolic blood pressure >160 mmHg and diastolic pressure
>95 mmHg. The results were impressive considering the brevity of the study
and the fact that potassium's value is cumulative, meaning a greater response
is seen with longer supplementation.
The hypotensive nature of potassium (gluconate) benefited
a group of rats made stroke prone for experimentation. The rats were divided
into two groups. Only 2% of the potassium-supplemented group suffered a fatal
stroke, compared to 83% of the untreated group. (Staff of Alternative Medical
Most physicians are aware of the importance of
reestablishing potassium levels after administering a diuretic drug for hypertension
or congestive heart failure. Patients are commonly told to replace potassium by
consuming potassium-rich foods, even though retention of potassium from
foodstuffs is poor. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that if every
milligram of potassium in a banana were retained, it would require eating an
entire stock of bananas every day to offset the potassium lost during diuretic
therapy. (Cuneo et al., 1985)
Several factors influence potassium levels. For example,
insulin therapy appears to cause a potassium deficiency. (Conversely, a
diabetic supplementing with potassium may observe increased insulin secretions
and responsiveness, reducing insulin requirements.) Physical exertion
(producing heavy perspiration) or diarrhea and vomiting (resulting in loss of
body fluids) can cause a mineral depletion. Always replace minerals, for if not
replaced, heart function can quickly depreciate. Symptoms of potassium
deficiency are weakness, fatigue, mental confusion, and heart disturbances.
|Serving Size: 1 Tablet |
Servings Per Container: 100
Amount per Serving:
|Potassium (from Potassium Gluconate) |
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 1 tablet 1-5 times daily, preferably with meals.
Free of: yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, preservatives.
Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Silica
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