Are You Getting Enough Vitamin K?
Vitamin K is an essential fat-soluble nutrient that is often overlooked in mainstream nutrition and healthcare. It plays an important role in regulating normal blood clotting, reducing bruising, building strong bones, and preventing heart disease and cancer. But did you know that there are actually 3 types of Vitamin K? Namely, K1, K2 and K3? However, the two types you really need to focus on are the natural forms, K1 and K2.
K1 is found in glorious plant foods, especially dark leafy greens and other green vegetables including Swiss chard, kale, collard greens, parsley, spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. K2 is actually made by the fascinating bacteria that line your gastrointestinal tract, in addition to being found in nutrient dense fermented foods such as organic natto, organic miso, organic kimchi and organic kraut. Believe it or not, liver is another food source rich in this nutrient, if you happen to be a fan of it.
By increasing your intake of this super vitamin, you also help to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes. Here’s a hot tip for you: eat your greens and fermented foods with a source of fat to ensure you are fully absorbing their Vitamin K content. If your daily diet lacks these superfoods or if you have a compromised digestive system where you may not be able to adequately absorb nutrients, there are high quality vitamin K2 supplements on the market to ensure you are getting enough.
Every time you eat something savory, put a bowl of fermented veggies on your dining table for which everyone can help themselves. Not only is it a natural flavor enhancer, but it is a probiotic and rich source of Vitamin K. Your body will thank you!