Potassium Basics is Now Easier to Use

Q I have a problem with the Potassium Basics. I take 2 caps on an empty stomach with warm water. It gives me a stomach ache. Any ideas?

BRIAN Marple Falls, TX

A Please take Potassium Basics with meals. It is no longer necessary to take Potassium Basics separately from food, we are glad to announce. So you don’t have to be stopped by stomach disgruntlement. When taken with meals, you are likely to experience far less difficulty or none at all, and then it’s easier to reap the benefits.

A study on potassium bicarbonate has found that the absorption of potassium bicarbonate is good when taken with food.1 The researchers wrote, “After qualifying for the study, we randomized subjects to placebo or KHCO3 [potassium bicarbonate], either 30, 60, or 90 mmol/d, given in three divided doses with meals [emphasis added].” Of 201 women who started this study, which lasted three years, 170 were included in the analysis, indicative of a high degree of compliance. This is great news for those who have experienced stomach aches when taking the dietary supplement on an empty stomach.

  1. Frassetto L, Morris RC Jr, Sebastian A. Long-term persistence of the urine calcium-lowering effect of potassium bicarbonate in postmenopausal women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2005 Feb;90(2):831-4.


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