Potassium is a mineral found in many foods and is needed for several parts of your body to function, especially your heart. Potassium citrate is a potassium salt of citric acid. It is a white powder with the ability to attract and hold small amounts of water. Potassium citrate has no smell, but tastes salty. There are a few common uses for potassium citrate, one of the uses being as a food additive. Potassium citrate is used to regulate the acidity in foods. It is frequently used in sodas as a buffering agent, to keep the acidity of the soda at a specified pH level.
This chemical product is also used in medicine to control kidney stones, specifically to treat a kidney stone condition called renal tubular acidosis. Your kidneys normally regulate your body's pH by removing acids from the blood and disposing them in the urine. Renal tubular acidosis is caused by a defect in the kidney tubes that causes acid to build up in the bloodstream. Therefore, potassium citrate is used to regulate the acidity levels in the patient’s body.
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