Garcinia Cambogia with Potassium
A lot of people are confused about the Potassium as an additional ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia capsules. Read through to find out what exactly is this and why you shouldn’t be alarmed at all. You should be happy about it, read here why!
First of all, lets check all the ingredients in each capsule of Garcinia Cambogia Select (Yours may vary). Those are the following:
- 500 mg of Garcinia Cambogia Extract standardized to 50% HCA, which means you have 250mg of hydroxycitric acid per serving
- 41 mg of Calcium (hydroxycitrate)
- 58 mg of Potassium (hydroxycitrate)
- Vegetable Capsule
In random order, lets see what we are dealing with: first of all, Vegetable Capsule, totally harmless, the manufacturers use it because they need to put the ingredients in a carrier that can be easily swallowed. Since its made of vegetables, we don’t see anything to ad here.
The mechanism of HCA in Garcinia Cambogia was already explained here, so we won’t go into that now.
Chromium is an important mineral needed for your body, again something that you shouldn’t be alarmed about at all.
And we all are probably aware of the benefits of Calcium minerals, but just in case, here are just a few of the most common benefits:
- Strengthens Bones and Prevents Osteoporosis
- Helps Weight Loss because it promotes more fat to be burned and less fat to be stored.
- Helps avoid Cardio-Vascular diseases
There are many more great benefits of calcium, which we will cover later.
Finally let’s look at Potassium, what it does and why is it needed!
What is Potassium?
Potassium is a mineral found mostly in vegetable, and essential for maintaining the functions and mechanisms in nerve transmission.
These are the “messengers” of our body. Potassium preserves ones body’s cell’s membrane potential, which enables nerve impulse transmission. Its ion diffusion is a key mechanism in nerve transmission, and potassium depletion in animals, including humans, results in various cardiac dysfunctions (source).
Generally this means, that potassium presence is essential for cardiac functions, that is, heartbeat.
The appropriate level of Potassium and its processing in human body is regulated by kidneys. This generally means you can’t overdose on potassium if you eat a crate full of avocados and bananas.
What is the Role of Potassium in our Body and why is it a part of Garcinia Cambogia Diet?
Potassium works with sodium (common name: salt) to maintain the body’s water balance. Under average circumstances each person takes enough of potassium with daily intake of fruits and vegetables. However, when on diet, this balance can be slightly altered, and Potassium has to be added as a supplement to prevent potassium deficiency which can cause health problems.
Since a lot of diets work as diuretics that rid the body of salt (sodium) and water, it also causes potassium loss in urine. Adding it as a supplement prevents potassium deficiency. And it also helps the body’s absorption of HCA, since HCA is dissolved in water.
On the other hand, it is also not recommended to exceed the normal daily dosage of Potassium, because a high concetration of potassium can kill tissue and cause injury to the gastric or intestinal mucosa. This is why on-prescription supplement potassium pills are limited by law in the US to only 99 mg of potassium.
As you have seen above, this particular supplement has 58mg of Potassium per serving dose. It is also interesting to note that some diets are richer in potassium than others, and that is a thing to consider. Especially if you are prone to any kind of mineral deficiency.
What is the Recommended Dosage?
Recommendations vary by age – the older we get, the more Potassium is needed. Generally speaking, anyone who is over 19 years old can calculate the normal adult dosage of Potassium which is 4,700 mg (aka 4,7g) of Potassium.
What food contains Potassium?
Luckily there is a lot of food rich in Potassium, so their intake is recommended as well. These are, for example (no particular order): Banana, Potato, Prune juice, Orange juice, Raisins, Avocado, Chicken meat, Fish, Turkey, Spinach, Nuts, Milk etc.
Potassium is the eighth or ninth most common element by mass in the human body. A 60 kg adult contains a total of about 120 g of potassium. If you are not on a strict diet and you can east food that I mentioned above, your daily intake of potassium is not jeopardized, however, having it added to your diet with Garcinia Cambogia Select will help keeping the balance in your body, and prevent deficiency.
And even if you are on a different diet, if it is diuretic one, make sure you consult your doctor on potassium supplements.