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April 4, 2011
“Herbal minerals” is certainly not the term used in science or medicine, but it may help us a little when trying to learn more about the most important minerals and microelements that can be found in foods or herbs we use to support the functions of our body. We’ll start with potassium, one of the most important and essential minerals that plays a great role in metabolism, various processes on cellular levels and many other aspects. Health benefits of potassium vary: from maintaining the function of our nervous system to regulating our body’s water balance.
The recommended daily dose of potassium is about 3500 mg: that much is required for usual people, but for athletes and those who lead a very active lifestyle the daily dose can be a little higher than the stated above. Potassium can be easily absorbed by our body but it can not be stored for long time. Natural sources of potassium include primarily foods like green leafy veggies, bananas, apricots, potatoes, raisins, sunflower seeds, oranges, kiwis, soy beans, pumpkin, mushrooms, whole grains and many more. You can receive good amounts of potassium by consuming milk, fish and red meat as well. Herbal sources of potassium include such medicinal herbs and plants as nettle, sage, red clover, scullcap, hops, plantain, horsetail, cantip and others.
Potassium is one of three electrolytes (along with sodium and chlorides) which are vital for our body. First of all, this mineral regulates the function of our nervous system: it ensures normal transmission of signals from the brains to the destination points, and also it ensures proper electrolyte balance. Potassium is an essential mineral to support muscle function in the body, and also it works with sodium to maintain a proper water balance in the body.
Herbal minerals like potassium can assist in lowering blood pressure, lowering the risks of stroke, assist detoxification and improve the function of kidneys. Health benefits of potassium include improving metabolism and preventing hyper-acidity. For proper function of our main body systems, it is important to support necessary levels of potassium with certain levels of vitamin B6 and sodium. Potassium deficiency can be displayed by the symptoms like a lack of coordination, fatigue, cramps, diarrhea, retarded bone growth, confused mind, hypertension, and even certain heart irregularities. To enjoy the most of the above stated benefits of this mineral, add natural sources of potassium to your daily diet, and stay always healthy!Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.