Potassium is a mineral abundant in both plant
and animal tissue. It promotes certain enzyme reactions in the body, and
it acts with sodium to maintain normal pH levels and balance between fluids
inside and outside cells.
a mineral that works with sodium to regulate the body's waste balance and
normalize heart rhythms. Potassium also aids in clear thinking by sending
oxygen to the brain; preserves proper alkalinity of body fluids; stimulates
the kidneys to eliminate poisonous body wastes; assists in reducing high
blood pressure; and promotes healthy skin.
of potassium may result in poor reflexes, nervous disorders, respiratory
failure, cardiac arrest, and/or muscle damage.
The lists of
plants following are two kinds: quantitative and alphabetical. The quantitative
list presents plants and plant products containing significant amounts
of the nutrient involved, in approximate order from highest to lowest content
for a given weight. Plants marked with an asterisk (*) contain significantly
more of the nutrient than do the unmarked plants. Those marked with a double
asterisk (**) contain considerably more than those with a single asterisk.
Unless otherwise noted, all items are fresh and unprocessed. Dried fruits
are often included without their fresh equivalents because the dried versions
weigh considerably less and
therefore contain more nutrients than
the same weight of fresh fruit.
1.**Dulse, **kelp (edible), **blackstrap molasses, **Irish moss, *parsley,
*apricots (dried), *figs (dried), *sunflower seeds, *wheat germ, *almonds
(dried), *dates (dried), *raisins, *rice polish, bananas, soybeans, avocados,
chard, potatoes (baked), spinach, English walnuts, chicory greens, green
amaranth, dandelion greens, carrots, kohlrabi, okra, parsnips, mustard
greens, celery, beet tops, wild persimmons, artichokes, Indian corn, prunes,
elderberries, endive, watercress, broccoli, leaf lettuce, collards, sweet
potatoes (baked), radishes, lentils, apricots (fresh), cantaloupe, tomatoes,
2.American centaury, American sanicle, beans, bilberries, birch, blackberries,
Borage, cauliflower, coltsfoot, Comfrey, eggplant, fennel, German chamomile,
lance-leaf plantain, milfoil, mullein, nettle (young leaves), nuts, oats,
onions, peaches, peppermint, primrose (leaves), red Eyebright, rhubarb,
rye, savory, shepherd's purse, sweet flag, turnips, watermelon, wintergreen.
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