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Why do you need potassium for muscle health?

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You need enough potassium for good muscle health -- so that your muscles can flex or contract the way they should. And your nerves need potassium so that they can work well.

From: Potassium Rich Foods WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: “Changes to the Nutrition Facts label.”

American Heart Association: “A primer on potassium,” “How potassium can help control high blood pressure.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “What is potassium?”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Potassium: Tips for people with chronic kidney disease,” “Diet and lifestyle changes.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Living with the DASH eating plan.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 18, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: “Changes to the Nutrition Facts label.”

American Heart Association: “A primer on potassium,” “How potassium can help control high blood pressure.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “What is potassium?”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Potassium: Tips for people with chronic kidney disease,” “Diet and lifestyle changes.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Living with the DASH eating plan.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 18, 2018

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