Studies have shown that potassium lowers blood pressure, improves blood vessel function, reduces risk of stroke, strengthens muscles, helps preserve bone density, prevents kidney stones and remedies insomnia.
Potassium is found in many fruits and vegetables, so one of the main sources of a potassium deficiency would be not eating enough of these.
Sometimes potassium is referred to as vitamin K, but they are actually not the same. Vitamin K is a vitamin found in many fresh foods and potassium is a mineral.
One of the healthiest, highest sources of potassium is the banana, which contains 400 milligrams. Other good potassium rich foods are avocados, prunes, spinach, sunflower seeds and almonds.
One recent study from the Journal “Sleep” researched the effects of potassium supplements on sleep quality. The researchers gathered data from wrist monitors and notes made in sleep diaries. Normal young males on a low-potassium diet participated in the study. After one week of taking potassium supplements, there were significant improvements in their quality of sleep and less waking up during the night.
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