Potassium in electrolyte powder –  Fast and economical determination by standard addition

The determination of the potassium content in foodstuffs plays a major role in the food and dietary supplement industry, as potassium is an essential mineral nutrient for humans. It is an important intracellular cation and also plays a important role in processes within cells, where it is involved in the regulation of numerous body functions like blood pressure, cell growth and muscle control.

As a dietary supplement, potassium is present in e.g., electrolyte powder, electrolyte drinks and food supplements. To quantify the potassium content in such products, e.g. flame photometry can be used. In this work, an alternative, ion measurement by standard addition, is described, which is fast, inexpensive and simple to use.