Dr. Heaney describes if potassium is a necessary component in bone health.
Potassium is important. It’s important for everything in our body. It’s important for blood pressure control. It’s important for reduction of risk of kidney stones. It’s important for bone health.
Like all nutrients, it acts in all tissues, but we don’t have randomized controlled trials that compare the effects of low and high potassium diets on bone status. So we don’t have that kind of evidence, but the epidemiological evidence, the observational study evidence indicates that yes, it’s important.
About Dr. Heaney, M.D., F.A.C.P, F.A.C.N.:
Dr. Robert Heaney is an internationally recognized expert in the field of bone biology and calcium nutrition. He has worked for over 45 years in the study of osteoporosis and calcium physiology, and has published more than 300 original papers, chapters, monographs, and reviews in scientific and educational fields. He is a frequently invited editorial writer for the major medical journals, including JAMA, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Annals of Internal Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Metabolism, and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. He serves on numerous nutrition industry scientific advisory panels.
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