Chelated Potassium - Easily Absorbed
Supports Nervous System and Heart
Fundamental Potassium is potassium aspartate (an amino acid chelate of potassium and aspartic acid) which is the chelated form of potassium, making it a highly absorbed form of potassium. In addition, Fundamental Potassium contains vitamin B6 and niacinamide for optimum effectiveness.
When you ask people what they know about potassium, they usually smile and say "bananas." That's because bananas are rich sources of this important mineral. Health experts say that potassium is the third most abundant mineral in the body, and yet so little is understood about the role it plays and the benefits it provides. Sadly many people are deficient in potassium.
Our Fundamental Potassium product is manufactured in the United States under strict manufacturing standards that the natural supplements industry abides by. When a product is made in the USA, the authenticity and reliability of ingredient sources are not causes of concern.
Fundamental Potassium is a synergistic blend of potassium aspartate, Vitamin B6 and niacinamide.
Why Potassium Aspartate?
Blending aspartate with potassium enhances the benefits of potassium. Before discussing the benefits of potassium and the signs of potassium deficiency, we'll explain "aspartate." Aspartate - or aspartic acid - is an amino acid. While it is not an essential amino acid, it helps the body eliminate toxic wastes. It also maintains the stability and strength of nerves, releases sufficient amounts of energy from fats, carbohydrates and proteins during metabolic processes.
Benefits of Potassium
Note that there is link between potassium and sodium. If your intake of sodium is high, you may have lower levels of potassium. People who watch their blood pressure will want to reduce their sodium intake, but there are advantages to increasing their potassium intake as well. The reason is that potassium is an electrolyte that when dissolved in the bloodstream, can take on a positive or negative charge. Sodium and chloride are also electrolytes so the body's proper functions rely on the balance of these minerals-electrolytes.
Potassium is found mostly inside cells. It helps to relay nerve reflexes and impulses. It plays a role in supporting a normal heart rate and supporting normal blood pressure levels. It is also responsible for initiating muscle contractions.
Potassium and High Blood Pressure - Sodium/Potassium Balance
Working in tandem with sodium, potassium acts by balancing the water and acids in our body. It helps boost metabolism by synthesizing protein and carbohydrates, aiding in proper digestion.
In a study cited by Pub Med, potassium aspartate supplementation (as little as 30 mmol/day) lowered the blood pressure of subjects who were diagnosed with moderate to high hypertension.
In another study cited by Reader's Digest, 54 people who were on high blood pressure medication were divided into two groups: one group was fed their regular diet while the other half had additional servings of three to six potassium-rich foods. After 12 months, 81% of those who were receiving potassium managed to reduce their medication doses significantly.
The same Reader's Digest article reported that "men who get the least amount of potassium were two and a half times more likely to die from a stroke than men who consumed the most..."
Potassium also plays an important role in the conversion of glucose (blood sugar) into energy which is stored in the muscles and in the liver.
Potassium's other benefits include:
- Ensuring that the brain receives enough energy to promote mental alertness
- Facilitating the elimination of waste material from the body
- Helping relieve arthritic pain
- Promoting relaxation and calm nerves
If individuals followed a healthy, natural diet, they probably already get the recommended daily requirement of potassium.Here are some natural sources of potassium:
- Bananas (of course!)
- Lima beans
- Bran cereal
- Sunflower seeds/Almonds
- Watermelon and melon
- Poultry and lamb
- Celery, broccoli, asparagus
- Fresh oranges
Some of the causes of a potassium deficiency are eating too many processed foods, excessive bodybuilding, caffeine and cola consumption, severe diarrhea, diabetic conditions, liver malfunction, diuretics, medication with cortisone, physical and mental anxiety/stress. Thiazide diuretics, for example, are prescribed for treating high blood pressure and may deplete our body's potassium supply. Thiazide diuretics are responsible for the body losing potassium. Steroids and laxatives also lower potassium levels.
When levels of potassium are dangerously low, one could develop heart problems, chronic muscle pain, nervous tension, and general physical and mental weakness.
While we should do everything we can to avoid being deficient in potassium, we should not overdo it either. Consult your physician if you plan to take potassium supplements, especially if you have been diagnosed with a kidney or liver malfunction or have had some cardiac problems.
Signs that you have too much potassium are nausea, irregular heartbeats, difficulty in concentrating, and fatigue. Excessive amounts of potassium can be toxic.
Experts agree that it is better to get our potassium from food. But with today's lifestyles, no one seems to have the time to make wholesome meals. This is where a chelated potassium supplement is the next best logical step. But do take your potassium supplements with food as they may cause an upset stomach.
Fundamental Potassium - is easily absorbed by the body and is effective. It does not contain acidic citrus, corn, gluten or yeast. Of course, as with all of our supplements, our potassium aspartate supplement is made in the USA.
Antihypertensive effect of oral potassium aspartate supplementation in mild to moderate arterial hypertension.
Biomed Pharmacother. 2005 Jan-Feb;59(1-2):25-9. Epub 2005 Jan 20.
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