Chloride 

This Vitamin Is Essential For...

  • aids in the production of stomach acid - hydrochloric acid.

  • maintenance of all body fluids

  • nerve and muscle function.

  • waste elimination.

Sources...

A diet of unprocessed natural foods provides more than enough chloride for human health. Just a pinch of table salt contains about 250 mg, one-third of the RDA.

Comments

Excess chloride is usually excreted in the urine and does not pose a threat. Sometimes however, increases in chloride coincide with a diet high in salt an potassium. This creates an increased susceptibility to high blood pressure.

Deficiency Can Cause...

Chloride deficiency is extremely rare and is usually due to illness such as excessive vomiting, sweating, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and muscle cramps. Symptoms include muscle weakness, loss of appetite, and lethargy.