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Why do people take potassium?

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Most people who eat a healthy diet should get enough potassium naturally. Low potassium is associated with a risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, digestive disorders, and infertility. For people with low potassium, doctors sometimes recommend improved diets -- or potassium supplements -- to prevent or treat some of these conditions.

From: Potassium WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Institute of Health Medline Plus: "Potassium." United States Department of Agriculture: "Dietary Reference Intakes: Electrolytes and Water." FDA, CFSAN: "FDA-approved potassium health claim notification for potassium containing foods."



The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Potassium."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. National Institute of Health Medline Plus: "Potassium." United States Department of Agriculture: "Dietary Reference Intakes: Electrolytes and Water." FDA, CFSAN: "FDA-approved potassium health claim notification for potassium containing foods."



The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Potassium."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

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