Potassium is a vital mineral needed for all your cells
should work. Your nerve cells are especially dependent on potassium. (1)
Potassium counteracts cardiovascular problems and is important for energy production.
function, blood sugar, nerves and muscle function. Potassium
is important for bone structure, intestinal function and kidneys among
Other. As one of the most abundant minerals in the body
Potassium plays a very important role in your health.
1) The important potassium
and the sodium balance
For the cells to function properly it needs to be the most
potassium on the inside of the cell. About 98% of potassium in the body
is in the cell. The remaining 2% is outside the cell and
is needed to manage the tension between the outside and the inside
of the cell. (R), (R)
Sodium affects how much potassium is inside
of the cell and potassium affect the amount of sodium in the body.
They have a close collaboration that is of great importance for
the body’s fluid balance, nutritional status and heart function.
(R * 328-329)
Potassium and sodium are the main electrolytes in the body
which takes care of how much water is left in the body.
Their interaction takes care of the cleaning of slag products and supplies
nutrition into the cell. (R * 328-329)
The balance of potassium is regulated by the kidneys. The kidneys save or
secretes potassium through the urine to create the right potassium-sodium
balance. (R * 328-329) Amount of potassium on different sides of cell
the membrane is maintained by the enzyme Na-K-ATPase which activates Potassium
-the sodium pump which introduces potassium into the cell and outputs sodium
from the cell. (R) (R).
Stress affects potassium
and the sodium balance
The body uses the exchange between potassium and sodium
stress to add extra nutrients to the body so that
it can withstand the stress. (R * 328-329)
During stress, the hormones cortisol and secretion are secreted, among other things
aldosterone from the adrenal glands. Cortisol makes the body alert and
Active. Aldosterone is used to increase blood pressure then more
Nutrition needs to be used in the body. (R * 328-329)
Aldosterone raises blood pressure by changing potassium and
sodium balance. Then potassium and water are brought out of the body
to save on sodium and raise blood pressure. More substances are traded
then in the body. But it eventually leads to dehydration, thirst
and fatigue and eventually fatigue. (R * 328-329)
Therefore, there may be a link between being long-lasting
Stress causes too much potassium to be consumed and can lead
at risk of high blood pressure, heart problems, and poorer energy
production and exhaustion.
2) Close collaboration
with other minerals
and amino acids
Potassium has a close interaction with other minerals.
They work in synergy with each other.
Magnesium helps retain potassium
in the cell.
Potassium and magnesium affect how much
calcium to be absorbed into the tissue.
Sodium, calcium and magnesium and both
promotes and counteracts each other’s uptake.
At higher intake of any of them can
be important to balance these others as well
Potassium also affects how the body uses
amino acids. Lack of potassium can cause amino acids
the acids are not reacted properly. (R)
3) Counters cardiovascular problems
and reduces blood pressure
Potassium regulates the rhythm and activity of the heart. (R 329)
The balance between potassium and sodium is important to avoid
cardiovascular diseases. (R)
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and
stroke. (R) Potassium can lower blood pressure in people who
have high blood pressure. (R), (R), (R), (R * 329) Studies show that
Potassium effectively lowered blood pressure in people with high levels
blood pressure that ate a lot of salt. (R, (R)
A diet rich in potassium can lower blood pressure and decrease
the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. (R, (R), (R * 329)
Research shows that an increased intake of potassium through the diet
can reduce the need for antihypertensive agents at
Primary hypertension – high blood pressure. (R)
Potassium counteracts the risk of heart fibrosis, heart failure, cardiac
chamber enlargement and death. (R), (R)
Studies show that potassium reduces the number of stroke deaths.
(R), (R) Potassium is important for maintaining the heartbeat
and that heart damage should be avoided. (R * 329)
Several studies on humans and animals show an increased intake
of potassium protects against cardiovascular disease. (R), (R)
4) Produces energy
Potassium helps to release insulin and convert glucose
to glycogen, and generate energy in the form of ATP (adenosine-
triphosphate) (R). Insulin, in turn, contributes to potassium delivery
into the cell.
Potassium also promotes the secretion of hormones. One higher
Potassium intake leads to increased production and excretion
of cortisol, which helps the body cope with stress
situations and getting up in the morning. (R) (R 329)
5) Blood sugar
Potassium affects insulin which regulates blood sugar. At
potassium deficiency does not release insulin and the sugar is converted
not to energy but stored in the form of glycogen in the liver,
leading to hypoglycemia-low blood sugar.
(R * 238-329)
Potassium is needed for the excretion of insulin from the abdomen.
mock gland cells. At too low potassium levels
the secretion of insulin is impaired and it can lead to
glucose intolerance. (R), (R), (R), (R), (R).
Several studies have shown an association between low levels
of potassium in the body and increased blood sugar levels during fasting,
type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance (then the body’s cells
react poorly to insulin and this leads to reduced levels of insulin.
take some sugar from the blood).