Potassium, the third most abundant mineral in the human body, is an essential mineral whose ions are vital for the functioning of all living cells. Potassium plays a role at both the cellular and electrical level – considered an electrolyte because it carries a tiny electrical charge – it is found in red blood cells, muscles and bones. Our bodies use potassium ions to conduct electrical impulses along muscle and nerve cells, it helps to boost the efficiency of nerve reflexes that transmit messages from one body part to another, this in turn helps in muscle contraction to perform various activities without tiring quickly.
Potassium also has vasodilating properties that work to relieve the tension of blood vessels which is one of the main causes of high blood pressure. It is helpful in reversing the role of sodium in unbalancing normal blood pressure thus acting as a vital component that maintains the normality of blood pressure in the human body.