Potassium and Magnesium were my "secret ingredient" when I was running my Osteopathy clinic. Besides the careful diagnosis and the bodywork I used specialist nutrition to help my patients. My powerful secret was called PPMP. It is a mineral supplement made in Australia and sad to say only distributed there and in the UK. Muscles get tense, tight and painful when they go into spasm. No matter what caused an injury and triggered the spasm a combo of physical and nutritional treatment helps the most. Many of my patients were tough guys and would be suspicious and reluctant to take tablets but when I told them that the PP was potassium that relaxed the nerves to the muscle and the MP directly relaxed the muscles causing the pain, they were real happy to take it and pretty surprised that it worked so well. Of course potassium is found in foods as well, but it will not be in your diet if you do not eat an adequate amount of those foods. I remember visiting a friend in hospital and noticing a nurse coaxing an elderly gentlemen to eat a banana, he was very clear that he does not like bananas and the nurse smiled and told him that it has lots of potassium! Kelp has huge amounts of potassium but who eats it? Brewer's yeast too. Spinach, mushrooms and potatoes all contribute rather more than bananas – so you may well have a high enough potassium level if you eat enough vegetables. Again, I press the point – who does? Symptoms of deficiency include weakness, confusion and irritability. More seriously this can lead to heart disturbance and problems with nerve conduction. And blood sugar control. In particular, the balance between potassium and sodium can be disturbed perhaps due to a seriously unhealthy diet or by excessive sweating. This is why Tennis champs will often be seen wolfing down a banana or 2 in between matches. Supposing you are somewhat under the weather and your diet has been, let's say – not as good as it could be – then how do you remedy that?
What forms of potassium supplement are there? Which is best?
In general chelates ( pron. key + lates) are advised since they generally get absorbed well without any symptoms of gastrointestinal disturbance. Each individual is different and so a citrate or gluconate may in fact suit you very well. Potassium chloride though has been reported to produce gastrointestinal symptoms so I'd advise avoiding it. The forms I have used with no issues at all include Potassium Phosphate and Potassium Sulphate but these latter were in the Celloids range of minerals by Blackmore's and only found in UK and Australia. What I spotted in Amazon though is the nearest to that I could find…it is a combo of Potassium and Magnesium, not exactly the form I used but worth trying if it interests you.
|Twinlab CellMins||Now Foods||Nature Made|
|Potassium and Magnesium Combo||Potassium Citrate||Potassium Gluconate|