What About Other Potassiums?

Q After I read your article on potassium bicarbonate, I immediately went to Whole Foods Market. They didn’t carry any bicarbonate versions, so I bought a version containing potassium gluconate, citrate, and aspartate. They recommend limiting the intake to 200 mg per day—3% of the daily recommendation. Is this due to it being acid forming instead of being basic forming? Should I return it and wait for your bicarbonate version to arrive?

STAN, San Jose, CA

A No one has researched this as thoroughly as Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw, whose formulation knowledge far exceeds those of most others working in the field. Who are Whole Foods’ experts? What is the basis of their knowledge? Have they published research-quality literature that is as complete and as integrated as that of Life Enhancement and its formulators? We don’t think so. As an aside, almost all of Whole Foods’ prepared food contains sugar. Maybe its organic cane sugar or maple syrup, but it’s still sugar with so high of a glycemic index that you have to wonder what effects continual consumption has on fat buildup and insulin resistance. You should wait for Potassium Basics. By the way, Tufts University in Boston, at the Jean Mayer United States Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, is currently investigating potassium bicarbonate for its affects on blood pressure. We will let our readers know the results of this study when available.

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