A recent study from Switzerland that has been published in the October issue of the Journal of American Society of Nephrology, found that potassium citrate increased bone density significantly in a period of one year.
The study was done on 189 women, average age 59, who had low bone mass. They were given either potassium citrate or potassium chloride 3 times daily. All women also took calcium carbonate and Vitamin D3. The potassium citrate was found to increase bone density up to 2% in one year. Both groups also had significant reduction in blood pressure during this time with no side effects at all.
I was excited to read about this and prepared to add another few pills to my daily regime, but then I checked my multi-vitamin bottle and found that I was already getting potassium citrate from that - 90 mgs a day. So I have been taking this all along.
This study supports my theory that the acidity in the American diet is partly to blame for our bone loss. The potassium citrate actually lowers the acidity in the body and leads to less calcium being leached from the bones. Our diet of acid producing food; grains, meats, processed foods, causes our whole body to work hard, day and night, to bring our system back into acid balance. Besides being bad for our bones because the acid takes calcium from our bones to buffer the acid, there is also the damage to our immune system. Our body gives over-acidity high priority and the healing mechanisms of the immune system take second place.
You can read the whole study at Medline. You have to register but it’s worth it.
You can test your own body pH balance by using the test strips I sell on my site and judge for yourself if this is a significant issue in you health. It is relatively easy to balance your pH and potassium citrate is one of the things you can take to do that.