Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Terry, “Why can’t we find any more than 99 mg of potassium in any supplement? Seems like it would be too little of an amount to be of much value. Your thoughts?” — Blake N., Bowling Green, KY
A. Dear Blake, Because of its alkaline nature, tablet and capsule forms of potassium can damage the stomach lining if the tablet or capsule “sits” on the stomach lining for prolonged periods of time. Therefore, by law, potassium in capsules or tablets is only available in 100 mg per dose strength.
If you are looking to increase your potassium intake, I recommend a formula that includes potassium as part of a food matrix of ground Nordic flaxseed. Because the potassium is incorporated into this food matrix, it doesn’t “sit” in the stomach. That means the level of potassium can be much more significant – 500 mg! That’s 5 times the amount you’ll see in the very strongest stand-alone supplement form.
As always, I encourage you to speak with your doctor concerning incorporating dietary supplements into your daily regimen. My advice should never replace the advice of your health care professional
Terry . . . Naturally