Is Your Potassium Supplement Killing You?

Welcome to the first video version of Tikva Tip Thursday. Today we are going to talk about Potassium.

Taking a natural source of potassium is important in controlling your blood pressure because it lessens the effects of sodium and salt intake in your body.

The recommended daily intake of potassium for an average adult is about 4,700 milligrams per day.

medicationHowever, this is very important, if you are on an ace inhibitor, beta blocker,  angiotensin II receptor blocker, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like Aspirin or Ibuprofrin) or if you have kidney problems, it is very important that you DO NOT supplement with potassium.

These types of drugs can cause your body to store too much potassium and put you at risk of hyperkalemia.

Hyperkalemia can be potentially life-threatening.

If you have confusion, irregular heartbeat, nervousness, numbness, tingling in your hands, feet or lips, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, weakness in your legs, or are having heart arrhythmias, , you should get your blood checked for too much potassium as these can be early warning signs of Hyperkalemia.

While taking supplemental potassium is not recommended, food sources are less risky, but still heart protective.

The best sources for potassium in your diet are:

•    potassium rich foodsWinter squash, cubed, 1 cup, cooked: 896 mg
•    Sweet potato, medium, baked with skin: 694 mg
•    Potato, medium, baked with skin: 610 mg
•    White beans, canned, drained, half cup: 595 mg
•    Yogurt, fat-free, 1 cup: 579 mg
•    Halibut, 3 ounces, cooked: 490 mg
•    100% orange juice, 8 ounces: 496 mg
•    Broccoli, 1 cup, cooked: 457 mg
•    Cantaloupe, cubed, 1 cup: 431 mg
•    Banana, 1 medium: 422 mg
•    Pork tenderloin, 3 ounces, cooked: 382 mg
•    Lentils, half cup, cooked: 366 mg
•    Milk, 1% low fat, 8 ounces: 366 mg
•    Salmon, farmed Atlantic, 3 ounces, cooked: 326 mg
•    Pistachios, shelled, 1 ounce, dry roasted: 295 mg
•    Raisins, quarter cup: 250 mg
•    Chicken breast: 3 ounces, cooked: 218 mg
•    Tuna, light, canned, drained, 3 ounces: 201 mg

-Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)