Needed for healthy functioning of nervous system (communication between the brain, spinal cord, and nerves with the rest of the body). Supports the normal function of the heart, muscles, kidneys and blood. Important for regular heart rhythm. Helps prevent strokes. Aids in proper muscle contraction. Works with sodium to control the body’s water balance. Important for stable blood pressure.
Deficiency can result in: Dry skin, acne, chills, cognitive impairment, constipation, depression, diminished reflex function, fluctuations in heart beat, glucose intolerance, Low blood pressure, periodic headaches, muscular weakness, irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and irritability.
NOTE: Diuretics or laxatives disrupt potassium levels. Tobacco and caffeine reduce potassium absorption.