Potassium is an essential mineral and electrolyte. It is involved in muscle contractions, heart function, and regulating water balance.
How Much Potassium Do You Need Per Day?
Potassium is an essential mineral for health. Getting between 3,500 milligrams and 4,700 milligrams a day from tomatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, and other fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of kidney stones, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Which Foods Contain Potassium?
Below are some foods that are excellent sources of potassium and how much they contain in a 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving:
Tomato products, paste: 1,014 mg
Beet greens, cooked: 909 mg
Yams, baked: 670 mg
Potatoes, baked in skin: 550 mg
Spinach, raw: 558 mg
Soybeans, cooked: 539 mg
Avocado: 485 mg
Sweet potato, baked: 475 mg
Beets , 520 mg
Broccoli, 460 mg
Banana, 420 mg
Salmon, farmed cooked: 384 mg
A diet rich in potassium is associated with some impressive health benefits.
Lowers blood pressure: Many studies have shown that potassium-rich diets can lower blood pressure, especially for those with high blood pressure.
Lowers salt sensitivity: People with this condition may experience a 10% increase in blood pressure after eating salt. A potassium-rich diet may eliminate salt sensitivity
Reduced risk of stroke: Several studies have shown that a potassium-rich diet may reduce the risk of stroke by up to 27%.
Helps prevent osteoporosis: Studies have shown that a potassium-rich diet may help prevent osteoporosis, a condition associated with an increased risk of bone fractures.
Lowers risk of kidney stones: Studies have found that potassium-rich diets are associated with a significantly lower risk of kidney stones than diets low in this mineral.
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