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The Best Way to Supplement With Potassium

Only 2% of Americans meet the official recommendations for potassium, yet potassium supplements carry risks that has led the FDA to strictly regulate the amount in one serving to be so small you would need to take 50 pills a day to meet the requirement. Here are my recommendations for using potassium citrate powder in a way that protects you from the risks and allows you to get the benefits of much larger amounts than found in the typical pills.

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  1. Hello Dr. Masterjohn, this was very helpful thank you so much.

    I have a jar of potassium glutamate powder – will that be okay? I think it is processed similarly to how K citrate is. I have taken KCl for years and can attest to all the stomach problems this can create!
    Thanks xo

  2. Several years ago, I had a problem with the potassium-rich foods. My go-to foods were avocado, lima beans, peanut butter, black-eyed peas, bananas, some others. Nearly all of them are high in tyramine, and I developed tyramine sensitivity and headaches, with hypertensive crisis. Until I developed this sensitivity , the potassium was helping with BP really well. Like Keri said above, I do find it hard to get my potassium into the 4500 mg to 5500 mg/day range without these foods I can’t tolerate very well. I can’t eat two gallons of salad every day. By the way, I found that MSM helps me to detoxify tyramine, so I can tolerate those foods somewhat, but I can’t push it.

  3. Are there any whole foods based powders that contain a substantial amount of potassium? I eat lots of plants daily and when I track with cronometer, I’m still only getting to 3000-3500mg. I’d prefer a whole foods powder vs potassium citrate.

    1. I agree it’s hard to get more than 4000 mg/day naturally. I commented elsewhere about my experience.

  4. Cardiologist recommend not to eat potassium rich fruits. What about high blood pressure patients, how much is too much.

  5. I suspect that a lot of people are doing what I’ve been doing for years and that’s Morton Lite Salt which is half NaCl and half KCl. That does part of what your talking about here which is spreading out the potassium throughout a meal.

    So what is it about KCl that you’re not happy with?

    Additionally, what’s the taste of Potassium Citrate? What about mixing that 50 / 50 with table salt or even possibly one of the “fancy salts” with more minerals?

    Then one last question. If most people aren’t getting enough KCl what are the symptoms they might be experiencing? (Sleep, weight gain, heart issues…)

    Thanks for all the fantastic stuff!!!

    1. The Cl is acidifying and raises blood pressure, which is antagonistic to the purpose of the K. Also higher risk of GI complaints with KCl, though the studies weren’t done with powder. You can google hypokalemia to find symptoms. Also have them laid out in my cheat sheet.

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