hey there bubba, do you already take magnesium? refresh my memory.. what do you take altogether in a day right now?
to your question on potassium... the daily adequate intake is 4700mg
so the question 'how many to take' involves how much you get from diet.
"Surveys show the normal adult dietary intake of potassium at between 1950-mg and 5900-mg per day 3400-mg/day is typical of the young adult
age group and other age groups are generally below
"People who eat large amounts of fruit and vegetables
may have potassium intakes as high as 8,000–11,000-mg
i'd say start introducing it slowly, one a day, and building up over time. if you're not going to have bloodwork done, then just monitor how you feel.
suppose you're thinking you're at the low end of the scale. if you try to add 1000mg of food source potassium into your daily diet, and have one 525mg pill with each meal, you'll probaby be well up in the 4500 ballpark.
here are some foods in case you want or need to boost dietary intake:
yam, 1 cup - 900mg
chard, steamed, 1 cup - 960mg
spinach, steamed, 1 cup - 860mg
(chard and spinach are high in vitamin k though)
cantaloupe, 1 cup - 500mg
tomato, 1 cup - 400mg
carrots, raw, 1 cup - 400mg
bananas are good sources - one provides 500mg (lower nutrient density though)
lots more sources here: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tnam ... nt&dbid=90
(near the bottom)
as for aspirin and blood thinning, you can also try a quarter cup of raw sunflower seeds per day - the natural vitamin e complex in that could help thin the blood too
hope that helps!