Category Archives: Nutritional Supplements

Benefits of Potassium and The Risks of Potassium Difficiency

Humans evolved with diet instincts. As we moved away from those instincts and moved towards farming and animal husbandry, we started to develop nutrient deficiencies.

One such deficiency is potassium deficiency.

Our paleolithic ancestors consumed 10-15,000 mg of potassium daily. Today we average 2,800 mg, below the RDA recommendation of 4,700 grams per day.

Potassium deficiency sets the stage for high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia, fatigue, depression, osteoporosis, constipation, and muscle spasms

Certain things can increase the risk of potassium deficiency including: diuretic use, dieting, diarrhea/vomiting, kidney failure, magnesium deficiency, and strenuous exercise/sweating

Benefits include: lower blood pressure, protection from cardiac arrhythmias, longer life, improved quality of life, and improved energy.

We should aim for 6-8,000 mg of potassium per day from diet and supplements as long as you do not have medical problems such as kidney failure and cardiovascular problems that may interfere with your body’s ability to regulate potassium

Daily Potassium Requirements for Optimal Health

Potassium deficiency is a very real and possibly deadly health problem

Daily Potassium Requirement, according to the RDA, is a measly 4.7 grams (4,700 mg) per day

Our caveman ancestors regularly consumed 10,000-15,000 mg of potassium per day

Supplementation can be a useful way to reverse a potassium deficient state, but diet should be the primary way to get your potassium

Fruits and vegetables are the best source of potassium.

If you suffer with kidney disease or are currently taking medications (especially for heart disease or high blood pressure) check with a healthcare provider before supplementing

Most healthy people can benefit from 1,000-2,000 mg of potassium in supplement form

Magnesium Stearate – Is It Really That Bad?

Magnesium stearate is a combination of magnesium and a harmless saturated fat called stearic acid

Magnesium stearate is considered an inert/inactive ingredient that is used to improve the uniformity and speed of manufacture of capsules and tablets

The amounts of stearic acid found in supplements are miniscule compared to the amounts consumed in the average diet

Stearic acid can be converted in the body to the healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil

High quality supplement manufacturers use smaller quantities of magnesium stearate compared to poor quality manufacturers

Capsules use much less mag stearate compared to tablets

A Personal Note on Vitamin D for Every Body

Most people associate vitamin D with the health of the bones, but research suggests that it does much more!

Low vitamin D increases the risk of poor brain function by 200%

Low vitamin D increases the risk of colon cancer

Low vitamin D increases the risk of multiple sclerosis

There are hundreds of studies linking vitamin D deficiency to many diseases such as heart disease, flu, cancer, and more

Vitamin D interacts with over 600 known genes within the body.

Ask your doctor to monitor your vitamin D levels with optimal levels being 50-70

If you turn out to be low, only supplement with natural vitamin D 3 (Cholecalciferol) rather than synthetic vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)

Rethinking Fish Oil And Omega-3 Fatty Acids

There are two forms of essential fatty acids: Parent Essential Fats and Essential Fat Metabolites

Parent essential fats are the truely essential fatty acids because they can not be produced by the body. They must be consumed in the diet.

Essential Fatty Acid Metabolites are not truly essential because they can be manufactured in small quantities. They can become conditionally essential if the body is unable to manufacture enough to maintain optimal health