Potassium is a chemical element with symbol K and atomic number 19. It was first isolated from potash, the ashes of plants, from which its name derives. In the periodic table, potassium is one of the alkali metals.
Water-soluble vitamins, are easily absorbed into the body. If you consume more of a water-soluble vitamin than you need, the excess will not be stored. Fat-soluble vitamins, require bile acids to help absorb them, but your body keeps stocks of the excess for ready use.
Potassium is a mineral that your body needs to work properly. It is a type of electrolyte. It helps your nerves to function and muscles to contract. It helps your heartbeat stay regular. It also helps move nutrients into cells and waste products out of cells.
Some of the Foods that have Potassium in it are listed below!
- Leafy greens, such as spinach and collards
- Fruit from vines, such as grapes and blackberries
- Root vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes
- Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit
Adults over the age of 19, adolescents between 14 and 18 years old and pregnant women should consume 4,700 milligrams of potassium each day, says the Food and Nutrition Board. Nursing women over the age of 14 need more: 5,100 milligrams daily.
Potassium deficiency can cause hypoglycemia (low blood level of potassium) and associated symptoms including: Irregular heartbeat. Muscle weakness or spasms. A slight rise in blood pressure.