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    Having found (FitDay!) that I am usually low in magnesium and Potassium, I have bought some potassium supplements. They are 99 mg - it seems a tiny amount compared to the RDA of 3500 mg? Granted I usually achieve between 50% and a real good day like yesterday, 90%, it doesn't mean popping 30 pills - but one pill is going to make very little difference .

    This is taken from Solgar's website (the pills are Solgar potassium)

    "solgar supplement, Potassium is an unusual case, as adequate amounts of potassium cannot, by law, be sold in nonprescription products. Thus potassium, when included in an MVM formula, represents only a trivial amount. MVMs may contain iron, but these should be taken only by people who have been diagnosed as having, or being at high risk of, iron deficiency, or who have a history of frequent iron deficiencies."

    Why?

  • #2
    Not sure for the reason for this, but if your looking for a good way to add potassium to your diet try coconut water.

    http://www.vitacoco.com/

    11.2 oz has 680mg potassium.

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    • #3
      I read that the form of potassium used in pills can be a very bad stomach irritant, and that's why the dose is so limited.

      I found a nice PDF of potassium counts in various foods: http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles...t/sr22w306.pdf

      Tomatoes and avocados, among other things, have a ton of potassium in them. Good luck, I hope this helps!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Hector View Post
        Not sure for the reason for this, but if your looking for a good way to add potassium to your diet try coconut water.

        http://www.vitacoco.com/

        11.2 oz has 680mg potassium.
        I LOVE COCONUT WATER!!!I drink the vita coco brand too! I strongly recommend you add coconut water to your diet! It is amazing for you... of course all forms of coconut are!
        Find me at aToadontheRoad.com. Cheers!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dosenberry View Post
          I LOVE COCONUT WATER!!!I drink the vita coco brand too! I strongly recommend you add coconut water to your diet! It is amazing for you... of course all forms of coconut are!
          +1 i love coconut water too!
          Get on my Level
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          • #6
            How much sugar is in an 11 oz carton of Vita Coco water? I couldn't find the info. on their website. It seems like all the canned coconut water I see in stores has quite a bit of sugar in it; I'll look for this Vita Coco stuff. Thanks for posting the info, I'm always looking for ways to increase potassium.
            I'm a quitter...but I'm back now.

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            • #7
              I use NoSalt salt substitute as a potassium supplement. If you have any health, kidney or heart issues, don't do this. But you can measure out the appropriate amount. A small sprinkling over dinner generally has no real taste.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Canarygirl View Post
                How much sugar is in an 11 oz carton of Vita Coco water? I couldn't find the info. on their website. It seems like all the canned coconut water I see in stores has quite a bit of sugar in it; I'll look for this Vita Coco stuff. Thanks for posting the info, I'm always looking for ways to increase potassium.
                The 11.2 oz coco water has 15g carbs (all sugar)

                http://store.vitacoco.com/v/images/NutInfo/179.pdf

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                • #9
                  great; thanks. I guess this would best be used in conjunction with exercise then.
                  I'm a quitter...but I'm back now.

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                  • #10
                    Yes, one 11.2 oz container has 15 grams of sugar. But, it is not that sweet at all. I feel like it is a different kind of sugar, literally..... it is pure coconut water - one ingredient so its all natural like fruit. But, it does not taste that way. It's weird but i LOVE the stuff!
                    Find me at aToadontheRoad.com. Cheers!

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                    • #11
                      Yesterday - dried apricot, fresh apricot, avocado, coconut water (thanks for that tip - delicious!), spinach, greens. Carbs higher than I want - potassium up where I want - I think I'll just have to accept higher carbs and do more walking!

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                      • #12
                        Sorry...but I see potassium pills as a cheap and quick way to combat legs cramps. However, I have not had the stomach problems that others have mentioned, nor any other side effects.

                        I have admittedly never tried coconut water, but I know bananas help in my case. However, if you train hard sometimes, the pills can do the trick quicker.

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                        • #13
                          Phil,

                          Try coconut water! You will LOVE it!!
                          Find me at aToadontheRoad.com. Cheers!

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                          • #14
                            I just looked up the nutritional information on broccoli. One stalk, 151 grams worth, has 14% potassium. So this ain't bad either. I LOVE broccoli
                            Find me at aToadontheRoad.com. Cheers!

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