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Cream of tartar for potassium deficiency

09/05/2008 1:23 AM

Hi Guys,

I've read somewhere, and was told by someone, that cream of tartar, mixed on drinking juice(for good taste) may help in boosting our potassium, is it true?

I have a brother who was diagnosed as "lacks in potassium" and I thought this might help, but of course before suggesting it, I'd investigate this "trivia" first.

So, what do you think? Can this really help or this might result in any kind of reaction in the body?

Thanks!

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Re: Cream of tartar for potassium deficiency

09/05/2008 1:31 AM

Bottom Line: The recommended daily intake of potassium for all healthy adults is 4,700 mg. Bananas, beans, tofu and potatoes are all rich sources of potassium. Many fruits and vegetables are also good sources of potassium. Try baking, roasting or steaming when cooking vegetables. Avoid boiling as potassium leaches out into the water during cooking. Speak to your doctor before taking potassium supplements, especially if you have kidney related health problems.

From Wikipedia, Potassium bitartrate also potassium hydrogen tartrate has formula KC4H5O6. It is a byproduct of winemaking. It is also known as cream of tartar. It is the potassium acid salt of tartaric acid (not to be confused with tartar sauce) and may increase your potassium intake, but perhaps it would be safer to stick with bananas.

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09/05/2008 3:52 AM

Hello ba/ael

from me

Have a Banana Award.

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09/05/2008 11:07 AM

Hello Sparkstation,

Thanks for the banana, but where did you find my photo?

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09/06/2008 11:09 AM

"...potassium leaches out into the water during cooking..."

True, and this enriched water can be reserved for stock to make gravy, soup base, etc. Any recipe that calls for the addition of water, in fact. Well, maybe not desserts...broccoli cream pie isn't much good...

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Re: Cream of tartar for potassium deficiency

09/05/2008 3:50 AM

Hello Optimusprime

As ba/ael has advised above, you are better to use natural foods wherever possible.

See the chaps at the left, they do very well on the bananas, and it would be safer to use them, rather than "Cream of Tartar".

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Re: Cream of tartar for potassium deficiency

09/05/2008 10:43 AM

Cream of Tartar contains, from memory, Sodium Tartarate, which might possibly have the opposite effect to what is expected.

One of the solutions to potassium deficiency is to switch to a low-salt flavour enhancer. Without mentioning brand names, a blend of 2/3 KCl to 1/3NaCl, with a little MgCO3 added in as an anticaking agent, is a good start. It can be found on the shelves of many supermarket chains locally.

The best advice may be obtained form a Nutritionist, and many major hospitals have one with which the issue may be discussed, and a plan made.

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09/06/2008 6:23 AM

Hi PWSlack,

I suffer from the opposite ie, a sodium defficiency, I have to take three sodium tablets daily including the salt I put on or in my food!

This is what I have learned from my specialist. The Na and K amount in the blood should be roughly equal at anything between 130 and 125 ppm, anything lower that 125 for either one is classed as a defficiency!

From 121 and lower could cause a serious problem, such as going into a coma, cause a stroke, brain damage or even death!!!

Three years ago I had a stroke, and they discovered that my Na blood count was down to 121, while my K count was 134 this caused me to be in hospital for a month while they pumped up my sodium count and got my potassium count down to normal. I now have to go for blood tests once a month for the rest of my life.

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06/20/2009 6:58 AM

No, silly, a simple Google says cram of tartar is chemically: Potassium Hydrogen tartrate... please look before you leap...

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06/20/2009 7:00 AM

No, silly, a simple Google of Cream of Tartar says: POTASSIUM Hydrogen Tartrate... Look before you leap...

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09/06/2008 3:58 AM

is it true?

Yes and is advised as help for those quiting smoking for that reason.

1 Prune contains approx 3x the potassium of a banana

1 average Tomato contains about 2x that of a banana

I care not much for that incredibly dangerous poisons used in banana production.

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09/06/2008 8:15 AM

In the supermarket you can buy these products

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09/06/2008 7:40 PM

Dosages are RDA 1,875mg / ODA 2,500mg / TDA 5,500mg and the recommended dietary intake is 1.9-5.6 grams. This amount is easily surpassed if you eat largely of fruit and vegetables. Potassium is in all vegetables especially green leafy ones. Thick white potato peelings are rich in it too. Bananas are excellent.

It would be interesting to know why your brother is lacking potassium. Lack of K causes sodium to accumulate in the body. The result can lead to edema, high blood pressure and maybe heart failure. The heart muscle can suffer damage.

Potassium, sodium and chloride are elctrolytes (minerals which when dissolved in water conduct electricity. The three are very closely related. They always operate in pairs: a positively charged molecule (sodium or potassium) with a negatively charged on (chloride). Although all are important, potassium is the key. You can take too much sodium but not too much potassium. There is lots of potassium in fruits and vegetables and almost none in processed foods. There is relatevely little sodium in fruits and vegetables and far too much in processed foods. There are no ill effects from a diet rich in potassium, with one exception. If you have kidney disease, you will need to retrict you potassium intake

There is more poassium in body cells than any other mineral and you have a great need for large amounts of it. Potassium helps maintain proper acid-alkaline balance in the blood and tissues and helps prevent over acidity. It is essential to muscle contraction, promotes hormone secretion, helps kidneys detoxify the blood. Its vital functions include acting as an electrolyte, converting blood sugar to glycogen and storing blood sugar in the muscles and liver.

All in all a good diet coupled with fresh air, clean water, excercise, rest, sunshine, moderation and a good attiude will heal the weary warrior. All the Best...

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09/13/2008 10:13 AM

hello pure and simple.

"It would be interesting to know why your brother is lacking potassium."

actually i have just been reading up on this. seems that when your blood ph is not correct, one of the conditions possible, leaches k from the intercellular fluid to balance the blood, and sodium replaces it in the intercellular fluid. most likely it is an acid blood ph imbalance that is the problem. a ph test strip kit (U.S. $8) will tell you the answer. most americans their blood is 50 to 100 times to acidic. yes this does cause the problems you describe. i am currently running this ph test strip test myself. here is what the booklet says:

"chronic acidity in your body will interrupt ALL cellular activities and functions-it interfers with life itself" source: ph ion Nutrition TM

i talked to a nutrionist two days ago. she said to eat organic fruits and vegetables. she gave me a chart that shows which foods are acidic and which alkaline. most americans need to increase the alkaline foods and decrease the acidic foods.

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06/20/2009 7:28 AM

If your brother takes hydrochlorothiazide, or other medication to increase urine flow, as part of high blood pressure manegement he might create this imbalance himself by excess potassium excretion?

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