Meet Miss K. She is a mysterious nutrient that hides in fermented foods, dark leafy greens, herbs, and a bunch of other veggies. Until now, she’s an under-stated critical nutrient who’s moving into the spotlight. Be the first to know about her magic in bone health, heart health, gut health, brain health and disease prevention.
If vitamins and minerals were gender-specific, my brain insists Vitamin K is a female, AND she has a dynamic twin. Humor me, if you don’t mind. =)
First, let’s respect Miss K’s elegant and understated support:
- She aids in normal blood clotting;
- She helps build and strengthen bones;
- She supports arterial health;
- Studies show that she may be helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s disease and cancer
- Studies also show that she is helpful in preventing heart disease.
Everybody loves a twin, right? Miss Vitamin K’s twin, is known as Madam Vitamin K2. Madam K2 comes from the party in your pelvis – that is, from healthy gut bacteria. There will be no heartbreaks at this party, as K2 helps prevent hardening of the arteries – which leads to coronary artery disease.
- Madam K2 also keeps your bones erect by helping prevent osteoporosis and strengthening your bone matrix. (Moooove over milk, you’ve got to start sharing the bone stage!)
- Madam K2 keeps you sweet and sensitive . . . by improving insulin sensitivity. In fact, by some estimates, you may be 20% less likely to develop diabetes when this sweet twin, K2, is thriving in your gut.
Who should invite Miss K into the kitchen? Well, everyone. And anyone who has a family history of cardiac disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, or diabetes should eat extra Vitamin-K rich foods. In addition, anyone who has a compromised gut – such as Crohn’s, Celiac, and Irritable Bowel Disease – should pay special attention to getting enough Vitamin K.
Anyone who is taking blood thinners should consult with a physician BEFORE increasing their vitamin K consumption, as it has serious reactions with blood thinning medications.
Miss K lives abundantly in each of these foods:
#1: Fermented foods, such as Natto, sauerkraut, kimchee
#2: The cabbage family: Brussels sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Bok Choy
- Herbs: Parsley, Basil, Oregano, Sage, Marjoram, etc. Fresh and dried varieties are excellent.
- Other Dark Leafy Loves: Cress, Spinach, Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens, Beet Greens, Swiss Chard, Broccoli Raab, Radicchio, Dandelion Greens
- Other Vitamin K Veggie Stars: Okra, peas, cucumber, endive, celery, snap beans, asparagus
Bonus: Dark leafy greens are a good sources of calcium and other bone-loving minerals! (Feel free to tweet that by clicking here)
Miss K partners best when eaten with fat. Because it is a fat-soluble vitamin, Miss K hitches a free ride on fat globules so that they can effectively navigate through the gut wall. Miss K and fat then boogie their way up to the liver for a little liver pate (pah-tay – get it? Wink!). So remember, when you take Miss K to lunch, have fun dressing her up with some excellent oil so that you can absorb her nutrition!
My favorite recipes with Vitamin-K loveliness:
- Green Smoothie Superpower
- Herbed Quinoa Salad (I made this for my wedding)
- Lightning-Quick Kale Pecan Quesadilla
- Deceptively Delicious Brussels Sprouts
- Rainbow Frittatta
- Carrots, Chard, Cabbage, Cumin
I highly recommend these articles:
- Vit. K’s dance with Vit. D and other minerals for our bone health
- Dr. Mercola provides an excellent article on Vitamin K here.
Which of the Vitamin K-rich veggies are you most likely to eat?
Peace, hugs, and kale,