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SaltStick and Dysautonomia

POTS patients often intake significant amounts of extra electrolytes to help manage their symptoms of low blood pressure, gastrointestinal sensitivity and exercise intolerance under the recommendation and supervision of their physicians. Often, these patients experience extreme discomfort when taking doctor-recommended 1g salt tablets, which can often irritate the stomach lining to the point of nausea or vomiting. Additionally, many patients tire of the flavor that results from excessively salting their food every meal.

Again and again, we have heard people in the POTS community tell us that SaltStick products are the only way they can consume the high levels of sodium they need without upsetting their stomach.

SaltStick was originally engineered for the demanding nutritional needs of endurance athletes. Part of that design is the vegetable-based capsule, which provides the electrolytes sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium in a form the body can easily absorb. 

Vitassium is SaltStick’s improved solution to ongoing demand for a potent sodium source that is easy on the stomach, in a compact vegetarian capsule. To help more people, we have partnered with Dysautonomia International, the non-profit dedicated to funding research and information on autonomic diseases, including POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachacardia Syndrome) and EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome).

Vitassium, made by SaltStick, is a medical food specifically formulated to provide sodium and potassium for the clinical dietary management of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Cystic Fibrosis (CF), and Vasovagal Syncope, when increased plasma volume has been shown to be beneficial. Vitassium helps maintain electrolyte levels, support healthy blood pressure, reduce fatigue, support cognitive function, and reduce dizziness due to low blood pressure. Many POTS patients may benefit from consuming eight or more Vitassium capsules by taking two in the morning, two at noon, two in mid-afternoon and two at night.

What customers say about SaltStick products

“I’m on a high sodium diet to control super-low blood pressure, and Saltstick has been a lifesaver for me. The capsules dissolve quickly to give me a little boost of sodium without having to gag down liters of icky electrolyte drinks. They don’t cause any heartburn or stomach upset, and they don’t have a bunch of unnecessary ingredients (or calories!).” — Amazon reviewer Delilah

“I have POTS and this helps me so much! I highly recommended theses, especially if you exercise. It’s a capsule and a glass of water: easy to get down, and I didn’t have any problems with them.” — Amazon Customer

“All I can say is ‘Wow!’ I have Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome (MVPS), which sometimes goes by the abbreviation of POTS or Dysautonomia. When I take these, not only do I feel so much better, but my workouts have been literally twice as effective: I can run longer and bike longer, all while feeling 10 times less fatigue and pain in my muscles that used to be caused by lack of blood flow and lack of electrolytes.” — Amazon Reviewer Daniel

“My daughter uses these to supplement her salt intake. She takes 3-5 a day and has no issues with stomach upset. She has POTS and needs to consume 4,000 -5,000 mg of sodium daily.” — Amazon Reviewer Nora

Learn more about the relationship between SaltStick and dysautonomia by reading the following blog posts: