Potash for Life
Potash participates in the regulation of human and animal body functions. Potash content in body is 2%. Being mostly located in intracellular fluid (up to 95%), potash plays an essential role in maintaining acid-base balance, normalizing blood pressure levels and intracellular water exchange.
With potash being involved in protein synthesis, its optimal level in human blood serum ensures the sustainability of vital functions, such as nervous impulses and heart rate. Human daily requirement of potash is at least 2g, uptake for hypertensive patients is higher at up to 3.5g.
The requirement for potassium by animals is in the range of 5 to 7 grams, beef cattle needs up to 10g of potash per 1g of ration dry matter. Potash salts are required to support normal function of heart and other organs; they help remove excessive body fluid.
Deficient potash causes muscular weakness, may induce brain dysfunction, cardiac arrhythmia, and can lead to impaired growth in children. Insufficient potash levels in animals cause the loss of appetite, diminished potash content in blood and milk, heart and kidney malfunction.
Technical muriate of potash is used for oil well drilling in the petrochemical industry.
Potassium borofluoride is used in metallurgy for steel and base metal soldering.
Potassium hydroxide is in routine use in the manufacture of soaps, detergents, lubricants, catalysts, matches, dyes, alkaline batteries, and in film processing.
Potassium carbonate is used in the production of optical lenses, glasses, crystals, dishware, porcelain ware, in glass melting, and as a feed additive.
Potassium bicarbonate is used in food and pharmaceutical industry.
Various potassium containing substances are in general use in healthcare as antiseptics, and as a calmative for the nervous system.
Potassium compounds are also common in the manufacture of bleaching agents, baking powder, gunpowder, illuminating charges, explosives, in electroplating, for extraction of some elements from minerals, in laser technology, fish salting, and steel quenching.