Warning: Before taking potassium supplements, consult with your doctor or physician especially who are suffering from kidney disease or controlling intakes of potassium or are taking other medications/products that may also increase the potassium level in your blood.

1. What does potassium do for your body?

Potassium is one of the most important minerals in the body.

It helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals.
Potassium is necessary for the normal functioning of all cells.

It regulates the heartbeat, ensures proper function of the muscles and nerves, and is vital for synthesizing protein and metabolizing carbohydrates.

In addition, the results of some researches show higher potassium is associated with a lower stroke incidence.

2. How much do I need potassium per day or is the daily recommended intake of potassium?

Today, most Japanese are taking 2,300 mg of potassium in their diets per day, which is almost the same amount based on standards recommended by the Japanese health ministry.

However, the recommended potassium intake recommended by the WHO is 3,500 mg for preventing the risk of high blood pressure.

3. Which foods are rich in potassium?

Many fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium: The foods listed below are high in potassium.

●Bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, honeydew, apricots, grapefruit (some dried fruits, such as prunes, raisins, and dates, are also high in potassium)
●Cooked spinach
●Cooked broccoli

Bananas are often touted as a good source of potassium, but other fruits (such as apricots, prunes, and orange juice) and vegetables (such as squash and potatoes) also contain this often-neglected nutrient.

The following beans or legumes that are high in potassium:

●Lima beans
●Pinto beans
●Kidney beans

If you need to boost the amount of potassium in your diet, make healthy food choices by picking these items to add to your menu. Incidentally, the proportion to the potassium amount of Japanese are 25% from vegetable, 10% from fruits, 10% dairy products, and 8% from seafood.



4. Foods during the Paleolithic Period 

Potassium was abundant in the diet thousands of years ago, during Paleolithic Period or the Stone Age because humans roamed the earth gathering and hunting.

Recently, the so-called Paleolithic diet, or the Stone Age diet, is getting one of common modern diet method especially in the US. The diet is based on the foods early humans would have eaten in the Stone Age and typically includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds — foods that in the past could be obtained by hunting and gathering.


<Summary and Caution>
1. Higher potassium consumption from foods, especially fruits and vegetables, may lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and strokes.

2. Never take potassium supplements without a doctor's prescription, as this can easily cause high blood potassium levels that are dangerous.

3. Pay attention to the potassium content of salt substitutes, since it can be high.

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