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Old 12-03-2006, 02:38 PM   #1
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Why Is Potassium Only Available In 3% Of Daily Requirement?

I take vitamins, eat right, exercise, etc. And while reading labels I notice that while most vitamins are available in reasonably high concentrations, I have not been able to find ANY potassium supplement that is over 3 percent of the minimum daily requirement. Anyone know why? I am NOT about to take 33 potassium pills per day!

The loose powder form, potassium chloride, sold as a salt substitute in health food stores (the U.S.) is very bitter and makes me vomit so I'm looking for it in pill or capsule form. Thanks in advance for answers!
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Re: Why Is Potassium Only Available In 3% Of Daily Requirement?

[removed] I am tired of all those bananas and potatoes. Bland, ugh, I need a supplement.
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Old 12-03-2006, 03:38 PM   #3
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Re: Why Is Potassium Only Available In 3% Of Daily Requirement?

Alias.... potassium can cause heart attacks if used in large quanities... to get larger doses of this you have to see a Dr and have lab work done. It is used mainly to put back what fluid pills have removed. Hope this helps, I take 100 mgs aday for 3 heart attacks and chf, because I have to take lasix it removes potassium from my cells. Dee

 
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Re: Why Is Potassium Only Available In 3% Of Daily Requirement?

Thank you, Dee. I understand that, but 3 percent of what your body needs? Do the vitamin makers assume the other 97 percent can always be made up by diet? Or are they just being overly cautious?
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Re: Why Is Potassium Only Available In 3% Of Daily Requirement?

Hi: Actually 100% of the RDA is supposed to be found in a normal diet. Because of this, and the danger of having elevated Potassium you probably won't find a higher dose anywhere, unless you get it from a dr.

 
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Re: Why Is Potassium Only Available In 3% Of Daily Requirement?

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Do the vitamin makers assume the other 97 percent can always be made up by diet? Or are they just being overly cautious?
Actually if i'm correct the FDA is the one who has set these standards on potassium. Potassium salts are very dangerous to the heart in high amounts but the body can deal with potassium better in the foods we consume.

Anyway a good mixture of food will ensure potassium levels are fine. Avacados, orange juice, yams, lima beans, brocolli, spinach, swiss chard cheese and milk products are some others besides bananas and potatoes.

Also stay away from diuretics and coffee/teas as as these can flush out potassium if thats a concern......
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Hi, 6foot3. I do eat most of the veggies you listed, so that does ease my mind quite a bit. Thanks!
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Re: Why Is Potassium Only Available In 3% Of Daily Requirement?

Because a dose of potasium equaling the RDI, taken all at once, can be fatal.

 
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