Potassium is essential to life! Trophic, by pre-chelating potassium with amino acids, relieves the body of this task. Trophic's patented Albion Potassium, chelated with natural amino acids, provides superior biological activity or bioavailability and absorption. It is involved with sodium in
maintaining the body's acid/base balance and promoting physiological and metabolic processes. Potassium also works with sodium for the maintenance of the nervous system. Potassium is vital in nerve impulse transmission and the release of insulin from the pancreas. Potassium supplementation promotes normal growth and healthy skin. Inorganic potassium salt tablets irritate the stomach and may cause pain. Minerals are poorly absorbed from the small intestine unless they are properly chelated with amino acids.
Potassium is a key electrolyte that must be kept within certain limits by the body because it regulates heart rhythm and nerve transmission. Stresshormones make nerve and muscle cells fire more quickly by altering the balance of potassium and sodium inside and outside the cell. Therefore chronic stress eventually leads to an increase in the body's potassium requirements.
Potassium regulates water balance, via the kidneys, and therefore is an important component in blood pressure regulation. Potassium can prevent calcium kidney stones when taken together with magnesium. It also regulates the intake of nutrients through cell membranes. As we age this function decreases and may be a reason why circulatory damage, lethargy and weakness are common amongst the elderly.
Supplemental potassium is best taken in organic forms such as gluconate, citrate and fumarate. They usually contain 99mg of elemental potassium per tablet. Inorganic potassium is labelled as potassium sulphate, chloride, oxide and carbonate. These forms are not as easily used by the body as the organic forms. Most multivitamin/mineral preparations include a small amount of potassium.
Potassium levels are disrupted by kidney disease, diarrhea, stress, low carbohydrate diets and the use of laxatives, diuretics, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, sugar and licorice. Individuals on heart or kidney medication should not supplement with potassium until they have consulted with a health professional.
Potassium (amino acid chelate) ... 99 mg
Magnesium Stearate (all from vegetable source)