Besides being an abundant nutrient in bananas, what do you really know about potassium? Most of us don’t realize how truly crucial this mineral is for the body. And get this: bananas are not the only source of potassium. Avocados, salmon, lima beans, tomatoes, potatoes and Moringa are all other sources of this vital mineral. In fact, pound-for-pound, Moringa has three times the amount of potassium than the tried and true banana.
Potassium is among the important minerals that act as electrolytes in the body, along with magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus and chloride. Electrolytes help conduct electricity, which is essential for proper cell, tissue and organ function. The electrolyte properties of potassium affect the body on many levels.
First, it strengthens tissue function that is necessary for the nervous system to send nerve messages throughout the body. Potassium also works to control the electrical activity required of the heart, such as a regular heart beat that keeps blood pumping throughout the body. Furthermore, potassium and other electrolytes aid the pH balance of blood and stabilizes blood pressure. A balance of potassium and sodium helps improve blood pressure levels. This supports heart function and reduces risk of many heart-related diseases and conditions.
Much like the heart, other muscular functions are aided by potassium as well. Potassium is necessary for smooth muscle contractions. Every skeletal and muscular movement of the body requires potassium. Muscle growth and all bodily growth needs potassium at the cellular level. Potassium helps build proteins and also breaks down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for energy in the metabolic process. As the body breaks down nutrients, they can be delivered throughout the body. This especially benefits cognition as more nutrients and energy flows to the brain. Additionally, the digestive system relies on muscle contractions to break down food for nutrients, balance acid levels and aid in waste removal.
The National Academies’ Food and Nutrition Board recommends 4.7 grams of potassium per day. Most people consume only a half to two-thirds of this daily recommendation. Potassium deficiency can result in muscle cramps or spasms, increased blood pressure, risk of heart disease and arrhythmias, glucose intolerance and fatigue. Besides not consuming enough potassium-rich foods, potassium is lost through sweat. Potassium should be restored after intense exercise or spending time in the heat.
Potassium helps rejuvenate, invigorate and strengthen the body and is an essential part of the body’s chemical balance. Moringa is a terrific way to ensure you maintain this balance every day. With the proper concentrations of potassium and a variety of other electrolytes and body-craving nutrients, a daily dose of Moringa and a healthy diet are a sure-fire way to reaping all of the health benefits of potassium.