What are the best potassium supplements? (srs)

  • infinitefrien...

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    Jan 28, 2015 5:17 PM GMT
    I think I am deficient in this nutrient.

    What are the best supplements?

    I have Potassium tablets but they're only 200mg and the RDI is 2000mg
  • NeuralShock

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    Jan 28, 2015 5:19 PM GMT
    Personally I just take animal pak and I've never had an issue with potassium, I have however had issues with vitamin D.... and no that isn't an innuendo despite the innuendo also being true.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Jan 29, 2015 12:39 PM GMT
    ...spinach? Parsley? Seriously two tablespoons of fresh (not dried) parsley has over 100% of the daily dose of vitamin K. Super hard to not get enough.

    What makes you think you are deficient? Vitamin K deficiency is extremely uncommon outside of developing countries and is usually only seen in adults who have liver problems or bowel disorders.
  • infinitefrien...

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    Jan 29, 2015 3:12 PM GMT
    Rhi_Bran said...spinach? Parsley? Seriously two tablespoons of fresh (not dried) parsley has over 100% of the daily dose of vitamin K. Super hard to not get enough.

    What makes you think you are deficient? Vitamin K deficiency is extremely uncommon outside of developing countries and is usually only seen in adults who have liver problems or bowel disorders.


    Potassium, not VK
  • Hypertrophile

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    Jan 29, 2015 3:30 PM GMT
    Look at the potassium content of the food you eat. This will tell you if you need to supplement or not, and most people don't. One serving each of bananas, beans, spinach, avocados, and salmon, for example, will give you close to the daily RDA. It's important to check your diet before you supplement, IMO, because if you really aren't deficient supplements can raise your potassium levels dangerously.

    webMD is a good source of information.

    http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-potassium
  • joxguy

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    Jan 29, 2015 4:29 PM GMT
    Potassium is easy to get and you don't need a supplement. Just eat bananas they are loaded with potassium. Do it naturally and save your money
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Jan 29, 2015 10:37 PM GMT
    Gahaha, sorry, I got the elemental "K" for potassium mixed up with "vitamin K". Silly me! I shouldn't post early in the morning.

    Still though. Bananas? Potassium is also not a very difficult nutrient to fit into your diet. Getting vitamins and minerals through actual food is ALWAYS preferable to relying on supplements. Some vitamins are absorbed more easily in the presence of fats, oils, certain carbs, etc. Plus more minerals are liberated and absorbed as bacteria in your gut work on the fibers in foods like bananas.

    And again, what makes you think you are deficient? Most of the symptoms of potassium deficiency are very non-specific (weakness, malaise, altered blood pressure) so there's no way to tell if you are suffering from deficiency or not unless you get your electrolyte levels measured.
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    Jan 29, 2015 10:49 PM GMT
    OP, of the many Many MANY deficiencies you seem to be dealing with -- potassium is the least of your worries...

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    Jan 30, 2015 5:55 AM GMT
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    Jan 30, 2015 7:41 PM GMT
    Please get blood work done before you self-diagnose this. Supplementing potassium can be quite dangerous. If your levels get too high it can cause muscle weakness and heart arrhythmia.
  • tennsjock

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    Jan 31, 2015 3:43 AM GMT
    If you normally salt your food, then use a salt substitute and kill two birds with one stone -- reduce your sodium and increase potassium intake. Table salt is sodium chloride. Salt substitutes are usually half sodium chloride and half potassium chloride.

    Side Note: Potassium chloride is also the drug used in the death penalty by lethal injection. But the dose is much higher than the US RDA. Wikipedia places the LD50 (the dose at which there's a 50% chance of causing death) at 2600 milligrams per kilogram of body mass. If you weigh 165 pounds (so, mass 75 kg), your LD50 would be 195 grams, or roughly what you would get from eating 460 bananas.