How Potassium Affects Your Health

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Potassium is an essential dietary mineral that plays an important role in muscle contraction. This includes the heart, nerves, acid-base balance, kidney function, and your digestion of carbohydrates.

If you don’t get enough potassium, you can develop high blood pressure, stroke, and other heart diseases. A dietary survey showed that daily intake in adult women was 2,300 milligrams (mg) and 2,100 mg for men.

In 2004, the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine published the daily adequate intake levels for potassium. It went like so:

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