98% of Americans Are Potassium Deficient

Volume 7    |    Issue 2

I was reading article written by a prominent doctor the other day. He said, "Despite its importance to optimum health, I do not recommend that anyone take potassium supplements unless a doctor has prescribed them. We all can get adequate potassium from food sources, and for that reason supplements are needed only under specific medical circumstances."

What this doctor fails to recognize is that 98% of the US population has a "medical circumstance" that necessitates a potassium supplement. That's what Michael Greger, MD says.

Dr. Greger says, "Less than 2% of Americans achieve even the recommended minimum adequate intake of potassium, due primarily to inadequate plant food intake." That means that 98% of us don't get enough potassium from our food! It also means that 98% of us are potassium deficient.

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Potassium deficiency is so common and so misdiagnosed that I think it's at least part of the reason so many people suffer from digestive problems and nerve disorders. I've also shown you how potassium can completely heal sciatica back pain. My aunt emailed me a few months ago and told me that her friend was about to get a cortisone shot for his back. She said his pain was so bad it was shooting down his right leg (a classic sciatica symptom). I told her that her friend may not need a shot, but may need more potassium. She told her friend and with two days his pain was gone.

But that's not all. Potassium deficiency can be deadly. One review of all the best studies ever done on potassium found that a deficiency has a direct impact on your risk of stroke and heart disease. The authors published the results in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. They discovered that a 1,600 mg per day higher potassium intake was associated with a 21% lower risk of stroke and heart disease. "These results support recommendations for higher consumption of potassium-rich foods to prevent vascular diseases." However, to get enough potassium from foods would require major changes in most peoples' diets — changes most people aren't willing to make.

So these results suggest that taking potassium supplements is a good idea for most people. If you have any health problem, make sure your doctor checks your potassium levels. A deficiency could be the underlying cause of the illness – or could be a contributing factor.

What type of potassium should you take? Your doctor may suggest a specific type for your health problem. But, in general, potassium citrate, potassium gluconate, and potassium aspartate are fine to take for most deficiencies. You can find potassium online and in most health food stores.

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