A New Decade of ME Research: The 11th Invest in ME International ME Conference 2016
Mark Berry presents the first in a series of articles on the 11th Invest in ME International ME Conference in London ...
Discuss the article on the Forums.

Potassium Depletion with B12

Discussion in 'Detox: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; Chelation' started by cman89, May 5, 2015.

  1. cman89

    cman89 Senior Member

    Messages:
    429
    Likes:
    190
    Hayden, Idaho
    Can anyone explain to me the science behind the potassium depletion while on a Methylation Protocol? I understand the basics of cellular transfer in neurology, but why is potassium singled out while Magnesium, Calcium, and sodium depletion is not given the same amount of focus?
     
  2. Sherpa

    Sherpa Ex-workaholic adrenaline junkie

    Messages:
    625
    Likes:
    785
    USA
    Here is why: people with CFS generally have lower potassium to begin with.

    In my opinion, potassium depletion is wildly over-disagnosed and discussed on this forum. Yes, it can be an issue. It can be dangerous or uncomfortable if it comes up and is not addressed. But many times the issue is something else, and if you take potassium when you don't need it - it can be just as dangerous.
     
    PeterPositive and cman89 like this.
  3. Mary

    Mary Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,807
    Likes:
    6,294
    Southern California
    Do read the link provided by @Sherpa - Richvank explains in great detail why people with CFS have problems with low potassium. My potassium tanked very badly when I started Freddd's protocol, and if I hadn't known about the potassium issue, I would have had to stop the protocol because the low potassium wiped me out. Fortunately it was rather easy to fix, and I've since become much more aware of my rather constant need to supplement potassium. Besides potassium gluconate capsules (about 1200 mg.) a day, I will often have a glass of low-sodium V8 which has 900 mg. potassium but only 50 calories. It's almost impossible for me to get enough potassium through food, especially since I have to watch calories and also have a limited amount of energy to prepare food
     
  4. JaimeS

    JaimeS Senior Member

    Messages:
    3,205
    Likes:
    11,822
    Mid-Ohio Valley, United States
    Wow - that post is brilliant. Thanks, @Sherpa! And thanks to Richvank, the original author of the explanation. :)

    -J
     
  5. Martial

    Martial Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,342
    Likes:
    1,179
    Ventura, CA
    '
    In the doses recommended it really isn't too dangerous, unless someone has underlying kidney issues. Even up to 3000mg of supplemented potassium a day, the body just excretes the excess potassium it doesn't need. The RDV is also 4000mg which almost no normal person ever reaches. Low magnesium stores can also cause excessive potassium excretition. Even if potassium levels are also low in the body.
     
    Mary likes this.
  6. AndyPandy

    AndyPandy Making the most of it

    Messages:
    1,481
    Likes:
    6,672
    Australia
  7. Mary

    Mary Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,807
    Likes:
    6,294
    Southern California
    One more thing - I didn't know it at the time but I had been deficient in potassium before I even started Freddd's protocol. The way I found out was that the severe fatigue which hit me after starting methylfolate (I'd already been taking methylB12 for many years) was very familiar - I'd had it before but never knew what it was, and just assumed it was another awful part of CFS. Since I've been successfully managing my potassium requirements (which seem to increase every time I do something that increases my energy), I've not had that particular horrible fatigue and lethargy (just regular PEM etc.) And my serum potassium levels checked once a year were always in the normal range, though the low end of normal.

    So I'm guessing that quite possibly many more of us - rather than less - have problems with low potassium. And it is very difficult to take too much potassium, as @Martial said - the people at risk for this are those with kidney problems. The rest of us are at much higher risk for low potassium.

    Thanks to @Sherpa for Rich's link --
     
    AndyPandy likes this.
  8. AndyPandy

    AndyPandy Making the most of it

    Messages:
    1,481
    Likes:
    6,672
    Australia
    Thanks for the posts on this thread. My potassium was already on the low side before starting my methylation experiment this week. I was aware of the methylation/low potassium issue, but this is a timely reminder.

    Best wishes, Andy
     
    Martial likes this.

See more popular forum discussions.

Share This Page