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Monday, April 21, 2008

The Power of Potassium

Most people aren't aware of the power of potassium, but it's a mineral you should get to know. Potassium plays a role in fluid regulation, muscle contraction, and mineral balance, but its best-known role is in blood pressure regulation, a function that earned it a health claim by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

The claim states that "diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke," and is valid only for foods that contain at least 350 mg of potassium.

While potassium is easy to come by in foods, according to the Institute of Medicine, many Americans don't get enough of it.

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