A recent huge study reviewed the effects of potassium intake on all sorts of diseases and ailments and found we should all be taking in MORE!
Potassium intake of 4700 mg daily or more had a nice reduction in blood pressure, especially for folks with existing high blood pressure. Not only that, but there was a significant reduction in the risk of stroke with high potassium diets! But, the average American is only taking in about 2640 mg daily.
Potassium-rich foods include figs, molasses, seaweed, dates, prunes, tree nuts, avocados, bran cereal, wheat germ, and lima beans. Yum!
Just one fourth of a teaspoon of a potassium-based salt substitute provides more potassium than those ones your friends have always recommended like bananas, oranges, potatoes, and spinach.
Here's a great list of all the potassium-potent foods. If you have any kidney disease you should be careful with too much potassium but otherwise, patients with healthy kidneys can truly benefit from adding potassium to their diets.
Lauren Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.