important mineral is a major component of the cells in our body
and is required for muscle contraction, production of energy, synthesis
of nucleic acids and proteins. Even the beating of the heart depends
on potassium. Potassium benefits athletic performance, but is depleted
from the body by excessive loss of fluid like that experienced during
intense workouts. Many athletes take Potassium to prevent and fight
off muscle cramps. Drink a glass of water with your Potassium Gluconate
supplement. Also, increase your intake of water when taking this
product as it helps with overall performance.
This mineral is important for a healthy nervous system and a regular
heart rhythm. It helps prevent stroke, aids in proper muscle contraction,
and works with sodium to control the body's water balance. Potassium
is important for chemical reactions within the cells and aids in
maintaining stable blood pressure and in transmitting electrochemical
impulses. Potassium (gluconate) reduces blood pressure, maintains
fluid balance, encourages parasympathetic nervous system, and increases
Potassium (gluconate), considered by some the major electrolyte,
is found almost exclusively in the intracellular fluids of the cell.
Sodium is found in the extra cellular fluids, but it is equilibrium
between potassium and sodium that determines fluid balance and blood
pressure regulation. A high potassium-low sodium intake reduces
the blood vessel constricting effects of adrenaline, a hormone elicited
by the sympathetic nervous system; lower blood pressure results.
Thirty-seven adults, with mildly elevated blood pressure, participated
in a study to determine the hypotensive nature of minerals. Potassium
(2.5 gram/day), administered for 8 weeks, reduced systolic pressure
by an average of 12 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by about 16
mmHg. The addition of magnesium offered no further advantage. (Patki
et al., 1990) The major benefit of potassium, typically, occurs
during the third month of usage and continues thereafter.
Hypertensive individuals over 65 years of age may find particular
value in potassium (gluconate), since medications are not always
as effective among senior subjects. Administering 2.5 grams/day
of potassium over 4 weeks to 18 untreated elderly hypertensive patients
resulted in a systolic drop of 12 mmHg and a diastolic reduction
of 7 mmHg. (Fotherby, 1992) All entered the study with systolic
blood pressure >160 mmHg and diastolic pressure >95 mmHg.
The results were impressive considering the brevity of the study
and the fact that potassium's value is cumulative, meaning a greater
response is seen with longer supplementation.
The hypotensive nature of potassium (gluconate) benefited a group
of rats made stroke prone for experimentation. The rats were divided
into two groups. Only 2% of the potassium-supplemented group suffered
a fatal stroke, compared to 83% of the untreated group. (Staff of
Alternative Medical News, 1995)
Most physicians are aware of the importance of reestablishing potassium
levels after administering a diuretic drug for hypertension or congestive
heart failure. Patients are commonly told to replace potassium by
consuming potassium-rich foods, even though retention of potassium
from foodstuffs is poor. The New England Journal of Medicine reported
that if every milligram of potassium in a banana were retained,
it would require eating an entire stock of bananas every day to
offset the potassium lost during diuretic therapy. (Cuneo et al.,
Several factors influence potassium levels. For example, insulin
therapy appears to cause a potassium deficiency. (Conversely, a
diabetic supplementing with potassium may observe increased insulin
secretions and responsiveness, reducing insulin requirements.) Physical
exertion (producing heavy perspiration) or diarrhea and vomiting
(resulting in loss of body fluids) can cause a mineral depletion.
Always replace minerals, for if not replaced, heart function can
quickly depreciate. Symptoms of potassium deficiency are weakness,
fatigue, mental confusion, and heart disturbances.
|Serving Size: 1 Tablet
Servings Per Container: 100
(from Potassium Gluconate)
Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 1 tablet 1-5
times daily, preferably with meals.
Free of: yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, preservatives.
Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Stearic Acid (vegetable source),
Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Silica.