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Potassium plays a vital role in maintaining bone health. Certain potassium salts neutralize the acids produced during the body's metabolic processes. These acids deplete bone "much like acid rain eats away at a limestone statue."
The current US RDA is 4,700 mg/day, or about 6½ cups of fruit and vegetables. The average daily intake of potassium in the U.S. is too low-about 2,200 mg in women and 3,200 mg in men.
SOURCES OF POTASSIUM: Avocados, bamboo shoots, beans, cereals, orange juice, and scallops.
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