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Potassium-rich foods

Potassium is a mineral that is found in many foods. Your body uses potassium to make your heart beat, to turn food into energy and to help your kidneys work. Getting enough potassium can also help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Like other minerals, you can't see or taste potassium.

You may have been told you need extra potassium. Some of the reasons you might need more potassium are:

Foods high in potassium

Eat a variety of foods to help you get enough potassium.

What about supplements and salt substitutes with potassium?

Potassium can also come from other sources such as supplements and salt substitutes. But unless your doctor recommends you take a supplement or salt substitute, the best way to get potassium is from food.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2018.

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