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Could a Potassium Rich Diet Help Arthritis Pain?

A scientific study by 2 Indian doctors examined the possible use of potassium rich foods as a treatment for individuals dealing with pain from rheumatoid arthritis.  Though not yet conclusive, their studies showed some promising results. What is it about potassium that could help ease arthritic pain? Could it help people who deal with arthritic pain in their back and neck?

Potassium and The Body

Feelings of Pain

Potassium (K) is important in ensuring the cells in our body work properly. It’s a critical component of activity in the pain receptor areas and pain communication process in the body. A deficiency of potassium has been shown to increase excitation in these areas, causing an increase in feelings of pain. As a result, a deficiency of potassium has the potential to increase feelings of pain in the back and neck for those with arthritis.

Potassium, Calcium, and Bone Strength

Potassium can also help protect the body from excess calcium loss. If you read our article about arthritis and the spine you may remember that having calcium is critical in maintaining strong, healthy bones.

potassium for arthritis pain

A potassium deficiency, which leads to excess loss of calcium can have a detrimental effect on the strength of the spine’s vertebrae. Individuals with calcium deficiencies are prone to osteoporosis, a condition characterized by poor bone strength. As a result, they are more susceptible to fractures which can aggravate the nerves around the spine.


Though not proven, some studies have shown that a diet rich in potassium can help reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation can aggravate many issues in and around the spine, increasing pain.

For instance, an individual may have a bulging disc, but it may not cause any symptoms. With increased inflammation, that disc may put pressure on nerves in the area, causing pain.

A Potassium-Rich Diet

How do we ensure we have an adequate amount of potassium in our body? The best way is by eating a balaned diet, including potassium-rich foods.

Many fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium such as: bananas, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and many more. In addition, dairy products such as milk and yogurt can provide your body with potassium.  Other sources can include some fish, beans, some whole grains, and more.



*Please Note: Information on this site or any recommended sites should not be used as a diagnosis or a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.
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