Potassium Bicarbonate Is Good for Bones

In a new study, veteran potassium researchers noted that the acid load resultant from modern diets could have adverse effects on bone and muscle metabolism. Accordingly, they tested potassium bicarbonate (obtained from Life Enhancement Products, Inc.) to determine what effects it could have on bone health and, if positive, what the optimal dose would be. What they found is that of their two test doses, the lower dose (3.16 grams/day of potassium bicarbonate) optimally caused reduction in calcium excretion from reduced calcium losses from bone. The researchers also found that this optimal dose caused reductions in bone turnover. These are of clinical significance because of their associations with reduced bone loss and fracture rates.

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