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Monday, 08 April 2019 14:00

Vitamin K

Poor vitamin K: it doesn't get nearly the respect it deserves. It's like the poor, overlooked middle child of the vitamin family. Seldom talked about, vitamin K plays an important role in your diet. Most people would benefit from a little bit more of it in their diet. These top ten foods with vitamin k will help. But first, more about vitamin K and its role.

What is Vitamin K?

Vitamin K is a micronutrient which actually occurs in two forms: K1 and K2. K1 is found only in plant sources. K2 is found largely in animal sources,  although, surprisingly, it is also present in fermented foods (even veggies… think sauerkraut) and is one of the reasons the fermented foods movement is gaining momentum.

Everyone knows that eating real food is superior to taking vitamins and dietary supplements. Few health care professionals would argue against the idea of getting all of one’s nutritional needs met by consuming actual food, as close to its original state as possible, as opposed to relying on packaged supplements for health and wellness.

That being established, some foods have more varied and higher concentrations of nutrients. If you are looking to leverage your eating in order to maximize your nutritional intake for the sake of boosting your immunity (basically the dietary equivalent of, “getting the most bang for your buck,” so to speak), these six foods should become staples in your diet:

Saturday, 30 March 2019 23:37

The Benefits of Green Tea

No doubt you’ve heard the hype about green tea in the last several years. Green tea seems to be everywhere these days, and in everything, including ice cream, cosmetics and soap. Even if you’re more of a coffee person than a tea drinker, you can still get the benefits of green tea from supplements (more on that in a bit).

What is Green Tea, Exactly?

Chances are good that the tea you’ve had the most exposure to growing up in the US is orange pekoe or black tea. While these types are ideal for making good old fashioned sweet tea, they don’t have nearly the nutritional value that you’ll find in green tea.

Everyone remembers being told as a child to “eat your green vegetables. “ Most likely, your greens were on a plate beside a chicken drumstick, pork chop or steak. Your meat would provide you with protein, and your green vegetables would supply you with vitamins A, C and K, folate, plus fiber, iron, calcium, potassium and minerals, things that aren't found in significant quantities in meat. “Protein-rich greens” weren't really in the common vocabulary

Nevertheless, protein-rich greens not only exist, they've been around since the days your Mom told you to eat your green vegetables. However, it has only been in the last few decades that awareness of protein-rich greens and their benefits has become widespread.

This is great news for vegans and vegetarians, but, of course, even carnivores will benefit from adding more protein rich greens to their plates. Plus, they’re lower in fat, cholesterol, calories and other “baddies” often found in various meats.

If you think back to your middle school science classes, you might remember learning about chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is what makes plants green, but its purpose is not merely aesthetic.

Chlorophyll is the substance in plants that is responsible for absorbing sunlight. It draws in and stores sunlight, and this stored sunlight energy combines carbon dioxide from the air and water from the soil and atmosphere to foster growth and development. The entire process is known as photosynthesis.

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