Life would be impossible without potassium. Potassium is part of every cell in the body and supports muscle and brain health. Potassium is an essential mineral which works with sodium to communicate between nerve cells and enable normal muscle contractions (including the heart). This works because molecular pumps pull potassium into cells and push sodium out, creating signals along the nerves to power the contraction of muscles. Additionally, potassium and sodium help the kidneys to work properly to maintain a healthy balance of fluids in the body. Potassium also aids maintenance of normal blood pressure.
Potassium works with other minerals to activate muscle contractions, maintain normal blood pressure and help regulate fluids.
Why is Potassium important?
Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of many of our major organ systems. A potassium deficiency can lead to an irregular heartbeat, mood changes and muscle weakness.
Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)
Where can you find Potassium?
- Green leafy vegetables
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds
- Beef, chicken and turkey
- Fruit, such as bananas
- Potassium contributes to normal muscular and neurological function
- Potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure
- Helps controls the balance of fluids in the body