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Old 11-14-2004, 12:29 PM   #1
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How much is too much Potassium???

I have been starting my DASH diet and I heard that if you have too much potassium it isn't good for you.

BTW, My BP has steadily been going down with getting back to my exercise routine coupled with this DASH diet. I haven't felt this great since I had my spike in BP a few months back! I just don't want to get too carried away with this DASH diet with as much potassium you eat.

Does anyone know how much is too much??

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Old 11-14-2004, 01:44 PM   #2
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Re: How much is too much Potassium???

I don't know how much is too much, but the fda website gave min. 2500 to 3500 for potassium.

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Re: How much is too much Potassium???

This is what I found in Potassium levels:

If you have your blood checked, you might compare your readings with normal levels. The normal potassium level is 3.5-5.0 mEq/L (this is a measure used to evaluate the level). Low potassium is defined as a potassium level below 3.5 mEq/L.

My dr. got all bent out of shape about 5 months ago cause mine went to 3.3. I would consult with your dr. If U are taking a BP med. that holds in the potassum, like Ace's or ARB's U shouldn't take in too much potassium. Diuretics seem to make your potassium low, depending on what kind U take.

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Old 11-15-2004, 11:27 AM   #4
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Re: How much is too much Potassium???

Originally Posted by mgraylorn
For high blood pressure: Consume potassium-rich foods daily. Because of the risk of toxicity, however, don't take potassium in supplement form without professional supervision.
This is something I've never understood. A little tiny 6 oz. baked potato provides 600mg of potassium. And, a banana is good for around 500 mg. Yet, most potassium supplements are only 99 mg. It appears that the supplements have much less potassium.


Old 11-15-2004, 12:59 PM   #5
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Re: How much is too much Potassium???

Thank You all!!! I think I'm ok with what I'm doing now. I have blood tests on Wed. I am will ask about what effect my meds have on my potassium levels.

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