Blogging A to Z: "K"
Why are nutrients, um, nutritious?
I don't know about you, but I have happily gone through life knowing little to nothing about vitamin K. I especially didn't realize that supposedly we are generally deficient. According to an article posted by Mercola.com in 2010, most of us get enough K in our diets to have sufficient blood clotting, but not enough to ward off other diseases. Problems that may be linked to a vitamin K deficiency are:
cancers of the lungs, prostrate, liver and leukemia
dementia, and other brain disorders
The Mercola article provides excellent detailed information, which I will not include here, so check it out to learn more. However, here is a brief summary:
Vitamin K is divided into two types, K1 and K2. K1 can be found in leafy greens such as kale, spinach, broccoli and collard greens. K2 is tougher to come by, so a supplement is recommended. Keep in mind that vitamin K is fat-soluable, so you must take it or eat with a source of fat if you want your body to absorb its benefits. It is also worthy to note that vitamin K works best when paired with vitamin D, to protect the arteries from calcifying.
Obviously this is not an exhaustive commentary on the benefits and specifics of vitamin K, but maybe it has inspired you to learn more and be more aware, once again, of the benefits of healthy eating.