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Nobody Makes a Good Potassium Supplement

Weighed in this morning at 156 pounds, down one pound from yesterday.

I finished the month of September with a net loss of 11 pounds!

I started yesterday with my usual serving of kefir, followed by a 6oz can of light tuna packed in water. I drained the water, and added some lemon juice and szechwan pepper.

Later on, my wife wanted to get some lunch at Sizzler's, so I went with her. I had a spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, topped with pico de gallo. For my second plate I only had some corn tortillas with some guacamole and jalapenos. And two glasses of Diet Coke.

If you recall yesterday's post, I mentioned trying to eat more foods high in potassium and magnesium. While at Sizzler's, I had my Blackberry with me and accessed the USDA Nutritional Database. I'd look at what foods they had at the salad bar, and then looked up each one on the database. I avocados are very high in potassium and magnesium, and that's why I had the guacamole.

Navy beans are also very high in potassium and magnesium, but also much higher in fat and carbs.

After lunch, we headed to Wal-Mart to look for a multivitamin with potassium and magnesium. Unfortunately, every vitamin we found had only 1%, 2%, or 0% of the recommended daily allowance of potassium.

So went to the Vitamin Shoppe in Menifee. Same thing. I even found potassium-only supplements, that only had less than 2% of the RDA for potassium. It seems no one makes potassium supplements higher than that concentration. So, I settled with a multivitamin called "Men's MultiStart" from Natural Factors. It at least has 60% of the RDA for magnesium.

So, I'm going to rely on drinking cans of V8 to get my potassium. I'll have to drink between 2 to 4 cans a day. 4 cans will give me 100% of the RDA for potassium. I should be able to get potassium from eating more fresh vegetables as well. For the full RDA of magnesium, I bought a bag of almonds, unsalted. A handful of almonds in the morning plus the multivitamin should do it for that.

So basically, I'm tailing down the beef jerky, and increasing the fruits and vegetables. I'm only 6 pounds away from my goal of 150 anyways.


October 20, 2009 at 9:45 AM Anna C. said...

I wondered about low potassium content in supplements myself. According to the Mayo Clinic website, potassium deficiency is rare in people who eat balanced diet,

More important, too much potassium, unlike most supplements which come in a variety of mega-doses, can stop your heart in an instant (I paraphrase but the stuff can be dangerous).

I imagine no company wants to put themselves at that sort of risk for someone treating it too lightly and taking way more than required, dying, and suing the company. Well, the dead can't sue, but their relatives can.

Really, though, I'm an RN and potassium is one thing you don't want to mess with-- it's not like sodium or Vit C which we can swallow by the fistfuls and the body just excretes the excess.

November 4, 2009 at 9:46 PM Anonymous said...

I work at the Vitamin Shoppe in Menifee and Country Life makes a Potassium/ Magnesium Supplement with 198 mg's Potassium which equals 6% DV and 600 mg's Magnesium which is 150%DV.

June 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM Anonymous said...

There is a fairly low limit on the amount of potassium that can be put in a pill because in concentrated form it can damage digestive track tissue. It would need to be in diluted liquid form to avoid that problem, but it has a very distinctive, and not much liked, metallic taste that prevents very much from being added to things.

April 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM Ambronse Vince said...

Liquid Potassium seriously plays a important role in maintaining a good health as most of potassium is concentrated inside the body cells and helps in absorbing the nutrients from the food we eat .And supplementation of potassium must be taken under the consideration of your doctor.

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