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Potassium it ok?
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Published: 12 years ago

Potassium it ok?

I am trying to increase my potassium intake through supplements, because eating enough fruits and vegetables to ensure significant potassium intake is rather iffy given the untrustworthiness of normal produce and the costliness of organic produce.

Supplementing potassium with pills is pointless given the FDA's 99mg limitation. So the only alternative seems to be a potassium powder such as potassium gluconate or potassium chloride. The former seems to be safe, but the latter seems to be significantly cheaper. My concern, then, is whether or not the chloride in the potassium chloride would end up being absorbed and - as a halogen - being used by the body in place of iodine. The product I am looking at (NOW Foods) seems to be half potassium, half chloride by weight. Unless I am misunderstanding the chemistry, getting the recommended RDA of potassium would imply ingesting several grams of chloride a day, which seems like it might be a rather bad thing.


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