Body damage: what can you do to repair it?

zarkovPotassium orotate is a mineral salt normally found in the body in small amounts. Orotate (orotic acid) is a raw material used by the body to make the genetic substances RNA and DNA.

Potassium is an essential element which helps to regulate the amounts of water and electrolytes in cells and plays an important role in nerve conduction and muscle contraction. Disorders and symptoms linked to potassium deficiency include:

  • diarrhea
  • increased urination
  • vomiting
  • muscle weakness
  • bowel obstruction
  • cardiovascular and heartbeat abnormalities
  • decreased reflex response
  • respiratory paralysis
  • growth retardation
  • diabetes and insulin resistance
  • rheumatoid arthritis

The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults consume at least 4,700 mg/day of potassium. But it is thought that most Americans and Europeans consume far less than that.

Dr. Hans Nieper, the innovative German physician, popularized potassium orotate as a supplement during the 1970s and 1980s by using it to treat or prevent cardiovascular disease, wounds, and post-surgical immune suppression. Nieper found that potassium orotate has better bioavailability than other potassium supplements.

The medical applications of potassium orotate have also been studied by other researchers besides Nieper. Some significant areas of application include:

  • diabetes • heart damage (from surgery or heart attack)
  • depression
  • lung damage (tuberculosis)
  • epilepsy
  • liver repair (hepatitis, cirrhosis)
  • skin infections
  • prevention of dental cavities
  • bone fractures
  • inner ear dysfunction (dizziness, disorientation)
  • kidney failure
  • anxiety in stressful situations
  • circulatory problems
  • muscle function during heavy exercise
  • wound healing

Many of the above conditions involve the repair of tissue damaged by trauma or disease. Why should potassium orotate be especially useful for tissue repair? One reason is that potassium is a regulator of cell death and cell replication — it can ‘tip the scales’ in favor of tissue growth. Another reason is that orotate, too, promotes cell replication. It shouldn’t be surprising then that potassium and orotate, working together as potassium orotate, would be an excellent aid to the regeneration of many different tissues, regardless of the cause of the damage.

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