Potassium Rich Foods

Potassium is available in quite a large number of foods. In general, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products contain high levels of potassium. Foods that are rich in potassium include bananas, oranges, strawberries, apricots, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumber, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, crimini mushrooms, spinach, and turmeric. Besides these foods, raw form of baby carrots, lettuce, onions, garlic, and honey are rich in potassium. The list of foods containing potassium is exhaustive. You can refer the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for knowing about the potassium content in a food.  

Potassium is an electrolyte, namely, a mineral salt. Potassium is needed for maintenance a balanced pH levels in the fluids of our body. It plays a key role in controlling the blood pressure. It influences bone mass, and the functions of heart, kidney, and nervous system. Its role is important in regulating the functions of adrenal glands and muscles. Potassium deficiency in our body can invite a cluster of health problems. Potassium deficiency can be caused by poor diet. Certain health conditions such as diabetes and kidney problems also manifest potassium deficiency. 
 
You should check for potassium levels in your body if you experience overall weakness and suffer from fatigue consistently. Muscular coordination may become difficult with potassium deficiency. You may also have high blood pressure, hypertension, heart irregularities and even strokes if you do not have adequate levels of potassium in your body. Consult your doctor if you have any such problems, as early medical attention can help quick recovery. 
 
Mineral imbalance is caused by potassium deficiency and hence the list of diseases. Fish foods, poultry and meat are rich in potassium and include these foods in the right proportions in your daily diets. Potassium supplements are available in the market. However, only a few people include these supplements in their diet regimen. It is advisable to depend on natural sources of potassium instead of going for supplements. When potassium supplements are felt necessary for you, consult your doctor and then introduce them in your diets. Excess of potassium also can cause problems. Supplements may be needed only when your choice on natural potassium sources are very limited. 
 
A medium size banana has about 550 mg of potassium. Eating banana fruit in its raw form or mixing the slices of banana with cereal will fetch you maximum benefits.   Alternatively, you can also bake it in bread and consume or you can put banana in a pudding and eat it. Another excellent source of potassium is papaya. One-eight ounce of papaya has 936 mg of potassium. Papaya is curative with respect to digestive problems. Cooked cabbage contains 277 mg of potassium per cup. Cabbage can prevent Alzheimer’s disease too. 
 
Diabetic patients are generally prescribed potassium supplements. Proper potassium levels should be maintained for our body to make use of the insulin effectively. Potassium revitalizes the cells of pancreas. Potassium rich foods for diabetics include cooked beetroot, lima beans, dried prunes, plain yogurt, and cooked spinach. The diabetic patients should decide the quantum of intake of these items after assessing their calories. 



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