The potassium is one of the most important minerals for our body because it is involved in multiple physiological functions, thus increasing the intake of this, can promote the growth of muscle tissue and help strengthen them for example, and collaborate with many more functions of our body that will be explained below.

  • Together with another very important mineral, sodium, they regulate the osmotic balance of our body, and the alkalinity or acidity of the blood and tissues, which makes it a very important mineral for the proper functioning of the heart. Thus, potassium is very effective in reducing the risk of suffering from hypertension and other heart diseases , and in turn, increasing the amounts of sodium that are eliminated from the body and thus improving vascular volume.
  • It collaborates with the nervous system , since with the exchange of sodium and potassium that occurs in nerve cells, the electrical potential is generated that allows the passage of signals that activate movement and muscle contractions and thus regulate the heart rate .
  • Diets rich in potassium have effects on the amount of cholesterol in the body, reducing its levels in the blood, which, in addition to keeping weight under control, prevents blockage of the arteries and other types of failures in the circulatory system. .
  • It acts on cellular inflammations by preventing them thanks to its interaction with sodium, since without this mineral present in good quantities, sodium cannot leave the interior of the cells, so the water cannot leave either, generating a swelling of the cells until the point of exploding.
  • It participates in energy metabolism and other biochemical reactions that take place at the cellular level, such as in obtaining proteins from amino acids, in the metabolism of carbohydrates or glucose.
  • It also participates in the growth and strengthening of muscle tissues in an active way.
Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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