Pharmacology How citrate differs from sulfate or chloride?
In pharmacology, it is believed that potassium citrate is a form of potassium that is well absorbed by the body. I would like to understand what this means and how citrate differs from sulfate or chloride.
@ekaterina-gribacheva Maybe citrate is an organically bound form and therefore easily absorbed by the body?
Citrates generally bind calcium ions and are therefore used as anticoagulants.
Probably because the balance of inorganic ions is maintained in the body, the chloride or sulfate ion will come out with urine, carrying with it an equivalent amount of sodium or potassium cations. And the citrate ion is included in the metabolism (Krebs cycle), it is consumed and does not take potassium with it.