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How much potassium do you need per day?

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends 4,700 milligrams per day for healthy people. The easiest way to get this amount is by adding high-potassium fruits and vegetables to your diet.

It's possible to get too much of a good thing, though. Ask your doctor before starting a potassium supplement.

SOURCES:

Kotchen, T. Aug. 11, 1998. Circulation,

American Heart Association: "The Importance of Potassium"; "Potassium"; "Your High Blood Pressure Questions Answered -- Potassium"; "How Can I Lower High Cholesterol?"

U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database: "Potassium Content of Selected Foods."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

Kotchen, T. Aug. 11, 1998. Circulation,

American Heart Association: "The Importance of Potassium"; "Potassium"; "Your High Blood Pressure Questions Answered -- Potassium"; "How Can I Lower High Cholesterol?"

U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database: "Potassium Content of Selected Foods."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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