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Potassium: tablets vs. powder

Discussion in 'Detox: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; Chelation' started by PatJ, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. PatJ

    PatJ Forum Support Assistant

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    This is a note for those who need to take a lot of potassium on Freddd's B12 treatment.

    When I was doing the B12 treatment I usually used potassium gluconate powder. I once ran out of powder and had to rely on tablets. I discovered that I had to take 30% more of the tablet form than the powder to have the same reduction in my hypokalemia symptoms. This is comparing an equal elemental amount of potassium between tablets and powder. I tried two different brands of tablets but each required that I take 30% more than the powder form. It took me by surprise and used up my tablet supply faster than expected.

    Maybe the tablet binders reduce absorption, or possibly my gut doesn't break down tablets properly, so this variation might not apply to everyone. It may be useful to know about in case you currently use powder but rely on tablets as a backup and haven't checked to see if they have equivalent effect, or if you want to save money (and ingestion of binders) by using powder instead.
     
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  2. minkeygirl

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    The powder made me totally nauseated so I have to take tablets. It was not a money saver for me.
     
  3. PatJ

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    Did you feel nauseous even with small doses?
     
  4. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

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    It makes me sick. Even the Lo Salt sprinkled on food makes me sick.

    I'm just pointing out one size does not fit all when it comes to supplements.
     
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  5. PatJ

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    Especially for PWME who often have weird reactions to supplements, foods, sensory stimulation, weather, planetary alignment... :)
     
  6. ahmo

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    I generally used footbaths when I needed high doses of K+. Worked a charm. Also for other minerals, aminos. I've posted a bit about this in my blog.
     
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    what's your hypokalemia symptoms while using b12?
    I had diarrhea using b12+folate, don't know if it's cause i didn't use potassium
     
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    I didn't have hypokalemia until I added L-Carnitine Fumarate. It's a known effect for many people on Freddd's treatment. My symptoms would include nausea, dizzyness, muscle twitching, occasionally muscle convulsions, partially paralyzed colon (ileus), negative mood, and a few other symptoms that don't come to mind at the moment.
     

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