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Potassium Chloride vs Potassium Citrate
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2018
I buy / use / recommend both this product (potassium chloride) as well as potassium citrate. They taste and react differently in foods and have different purposes in the body.
If you are looking to use this as a dietary supplement, there is some further investigating you might consider so please see the warning* below.
Suggested dietary usage of potassium supplements:
1.) Potassium Chloride (KCl) is a form of potassium for people who have low levels of potassium (hypokalemia). It dissolves easily in water and is used as a salt substitute.
2.) Potassium Citrate is an alkalizing agent. It's medicinal use is for when your urine is too acidic, which may result in a mild urinary tract infection, such as cystitis which is when your doctor may prescribe potassium citrate. Because of it's alkalinity, an ideal use for potassium citrate is to mix it with lemonade, which will make the drink a bit smoother in an enjoyable way. This ingredient is often added to commercial beverages for this benefit.
*WARNING: If your bloodwork does not consistently indicate low potassium (K) levels, you may want to request a second draw. It is actually commonplace to get a false-positive test in potassium deficiency based on the method of the blood draw. (Example: New phlebotomists often use a butterfly needle for their own ease, will commonly get a false-low potassium read - common in the elderly with more difficult veins to draw from).
For use in gardening, potassium chloride is the purest form of Potash, which is the 3rd number on any fertilizer blend formula (example: 8-4-12). Because potassium raises the pH of your soil, it is especially beneficial for plants that like more alkaline soils like artichokes, tomatillos, collards, arugula, and broccoli. Potassium chloride rapidly dissolves in soil water and is highly concentrated, so check you soil pH often and adjust gradually.
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