Function:

  1. Build proteins
  2. Break down and use carbohydrates
  3. Build muscle
  4. Maintain normal body growth
  5. Control the electrical activity of the heart
  6. Control the acid-base balance
    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002413.htm

 

Overdose: absent but in people with compromised kidneys who eat a high-potassium diet more than 4,700 mg daily can cause adverse effects

Excess: excreted in urine
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Potassium-HealthProfessional/#h8

Type: water soluble
https://www.helpguide.org/harvard/vitamins-and-minerals.htm

 

Side effects of hyperkalemia:

 

  1. Abnormal and dangerous heart rhythms
    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002413.htm
  2. Weakness, fatigue
  3. Nausea, vomiting
  4. Shortness of breath
  5. Chest pain
    https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/potassium/
  6. Muscle weakness or ascending paralysis
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780323035064101610

 

Recommended daily intake= 4700 mg

  1. Tomatoes, sun-dried
    Contain: 3427 mg
    %DV: 98%
  2. Spices, paprika
    Contain: 2344 mg
    %DV: 67%
  3. Leavening agents, yeast, baker’s, active dry
    Contain: 2000 mg
    %DV: 57%
  4. Spearmint, dried [mint]
    Contain: 1924 mg
    %DV: 55%
  5. Soybeans, mature seeds, raw
    Contain: 1797 mg
    %DV: 51%
  6. Spices, cumin seed
    Contain: 1788 mg
    % DV: 51%
  7. Lima beans, large, mature seeds, raw

Contain: 1724 mg
%DV: 49%

  1. Spices, curry powder
    Contain: 1543 mg
    %DV: 44%
  2. Mushrooms, shiitake, dried
    Contain: 1534 mg
    %DV: 44%
  3. pistachio nuts, raw
    Contain: 1025 mg
    %DV: 29%

 

Deficiency symptoms

 

  1. Weak muscles
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20181204
  2. Digestive system problems
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11260359
  3. Heart palpitation and increased incidence of arrhythmic death in cardiac patients
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20584206
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4969023/
  4. Rhabdomyolysis which is a rapid muscle breakdown
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23594380
  5. respiratory arrest
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3345025
  6. high cortisol level that lead to rapid weight gain
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31456238