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Nutritive Agent

Why is potassium the most important dietary electrolyte?

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  • AMichael T. Murray, Naturopathic Medicine, answered

    Although sodium and chloride are important, potassium is the most important dietary electrolyte. In addition to functioning as an electrolyte, potassium is essential for the conversion of blood sugar into glycogen. Glycogen is the storage form of blood sugar found in the muscles and liver. A potassium shortage results in a lower level of stored glycogen. Because glycogen is used by muscles for energy, a potassium deficiency will produce great fatigue and muscle weakness.

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