Potassium For Your Health
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Potassium is a mineral found within the cells of the body where it takes part in a myriad of cellular and internal body processes and is especially beneficial to the heart.
Your heart beats a hundred thousand times per day and it relies on potassium to function and to push the blood to every part of your body. While getting plenty of potassium doesn’t directly prevent or treat heart disease, it does the benefit the heart in various ways.
Studies on those with high blood pressure have shown that potassium supplement or eating lots of potassium in the diet lowered systolic blood pressure.
While there is no specific link between cholesterol and potassium, it turns out that low cholesterol diets also tend to be high in potassium. Additionally, conditions of low potassium or high potassium can result in heart rhythm problems.
You can get potassium from food that you eat. Sources include fresh tomatoes, but tomato puree and paste have more. 1/4 cup of tomato paste has 664 milligrams and ½ a cup of tomato puree gives you 549 milligrams. Tomato juice has 556 milligrams per cup.
3 ounces of halibut or tuna have nearly 500 milligrams and 3 ounces of clams have 534 and also have the most vitamin B12 of any food.
White beans have the most potassium, 600 milligrams per ½ cup, but kidney, lima, lentils and split peas are also great sources.
One medium banana has more than 400 milligrams of potassium.
Non-fat yogurt, nonfat milk, and strawberries are also good sources of potassium.
And three quarters of a cup of orange juice has 355 milligrams.
Potatoes, avocados, mushrooms, and dark leafy greens give your body the potassium it needs.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, kids age 13 and older and adults need at least 4700 milligrams of potassium per day. Take care of your heart and it will take care of you!