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What is potassium & what does it do?
Potassium is a mineral found in many foods. Your body needs potassium for almost everything it does, including proper kidney & heart function, muscle contraction, & nerve transmission.
How much potassium do I am need?
The amount of potassium you need each day depends on your age. Average daily recommended amounts are listed below in milligrams (mg).
Birth to 6 months
Infants 7–12 months
Children 1–3 years
Children 4–8 years
Children 9–13 years
Teens 14–18 years
Adults 19+ years
Pregnant teens & women
Breastfeeding teens & women
What foods provide potassium?
Potassium is found in many foods. With thoughtful planning, you can get recommended amounts of potassium by eating a variety of foods, including the following:
Fruits, such as dried apricots, prunes, raisins, orange juice, & bananas
Vegetables, such as acorn squash, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, & broccoli
Lentils, kidney beans, soybeans, and nuts
Milk & yogurt
Meats, poultry, & fish
Salt substitutesPotassium is an ingredient in many salt substitutes that people use to replace table salt. If you have kidney disease or if you take certain medications, these products could make your potassium levels too high. Talk to your healthcare provider before using salt substitutes.
What kinds of potassium dietary supplements are available?
Potassium is found in many multivitamin/multimineral supplements and in supplements that contain only potassium. Potassium in supplements comes in many different forms— a common form is potassium chloride, but other forms used in supplements are potassium citrate, potassium phosphate, potassium aspartate, potassium bicarbonate, & potassium gluconate. Research has…