Potassium Can Prevent Bone Loss
There are a variety of minerals that are important for our bone health, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K and potassium. Potassium has always been important for heart health, it controls muscle contraction, keeps our blood pressure regulated and it blunts the effect of too much salt. We also need this mineral to prevent strokes and it controls our metabolism, which can help to keep us at a healthy weight.
Since potassium is plentiful in fruits and vegetables we usually don’t need to take a potassium supplement. Some individuals have to watch their potassium intake especially if they have hyperkalemia, which is a disorder of too much potassium in your body. If you have too much potassium in your body, be sure to check with your doctor to see if you should avoid foods that are high in potassium, because this excess mineral can cause serious heart issues.
A recent study at the University of Surrey on potassium salts showed it has remarkable bone benefits. Latest research from the University of Surrey has found that the potassium salts (bicarbonate and citrate) plentiful in fruit and vegetables, play an important part in improving bone health. For the first time, the results also showed that these potassium salts reduce bone resorption, the process by which bone is broken down, therefore increasing their strength.
Some American’s eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) which causes excess acid in our bodies. When acid increases in our body, it robs our bones of nutrients and causes bone loss and fractures. According to this study, **potassium will neutralize acid and prevent or slow bone resorption, the process where bone breaks down. ** Osteoporosis is the result of this excessive resorption cycle.
Potassium can be found in many fruits and vegetables and it will be easy to incorporate this mineral into your diet and improve bone health at the same time. Here’s a list of fruits and vegetables that are high in potassium.
When you have a diet that is high in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin K and potassium you will reap the benefits of these vitamin and minerals and in turn prevent or slow bone loss.
Our bones are our bodies’ framework. If we don’t keep this framework strong and nourished with the proper nutrients of vitamins, minerals and weight-bearing exercise, we can harm it and cause bone loss.
1. University of Surrey. “Potassium salts aid bone health, limit osteoporosis risk, new research finds.” ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150114115340.htm (accessed February 4, 2015).
2. Drugs.com. "Potassium Content of Foods List." Drugs.com. https://www.drugs.com/cg/potassium-content-of-foods-list.html (accessed February 4, 2015).
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Pam wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Osteoporosis.