Vitamin K is a group of vitamins, notably vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 and is a fat-soluble vitamin, just like Vitamins A, D and E, and present in the intestine.
Vitamin K provides a balance of essential nutrients for the body as it is needed by nearly all of the body’s cells. Including minerals, vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, amino acids, bioflavonoids and other complementary co-factor.
The intestinal bacteria naturally produce Vitamin K. The vitamin’s main role is to reduce risk of blood clotting, support bone health and bone loss in post-menopausal women. Interestingly, Vitamin K has even shown to possibly be effective in the fight against degenerative cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
Recent Japanese studies suggest further that vitamin K could play a vital role in the treatment of cancers, liver cancer in particular.
Good food sources of Vitamin K are green, leafy-vegetables such as turnip greens, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli, dandelion greens, raw radicchio, and kale. Raw Food Lifestyle can be very beneficial to help to increase the content of Vitamin K and protect the immune and digestive system. Raw cultured vegetables, young coconut Kefir and Coco-Biotic are some of the additional food types that can be consumed with great result.
Without sufficient amounts of Vitamin K, hemorrhaging (loss of blood) can actually happen. Vitamin K deficiency may even appear in infants or in people who take anticoagulants, such as Coumadin (warfarin), or antibiotic drugs. Newborn babies lack the intestinal bacteria to produce Vitamin K so they need a supplement for the first week.
People taking antibiotics may lack vitamin K temporarily as the intestinal bacteria (both good and bad) are sometimes killed as a result of that. In some cases, people with chronic diarrhea may have problems absorbing sufficient amounts of vitamin K, as a result, they may be advised to supplement until balance is restored.
Unlike Vitamin K, Biotin (known also as Vitamin B7) is a water-soluble vitamin. Just like all other vitamins, biotin plays a crucial role in several processes of the body. It helps in proper digestion of food, in some circumstances it may control and help prevent diabetes, support weight loss, keep your hair and nails healthy, and your skin glowing. In addition, vitamin K supports healthy nerves, digestive tract, metabolism, and cells. Biotin may help to treat some types of nerve pathology, such as the peripheral neuropathy that can result from kidney failure or even diabetes. It is needed by nearly every living cell of our body and it is suggested that the daily requirement of biotin is 30 mcg (micrograms) for both men and women.
Cauliflower, leafy green vegetables, and peanuts are some of the good sources of B7. The great thing is that your body obtains biotin in much higher quantities without extra effort. But, lacking Vitamin B7 from your diet may lead to a number of health disorders.
See our two previous blog post for info on the other vitamins. At YUUGA Kemistri we offer Raw Food Menu Packs that contain recipes including all the foods the body needs to optimize the nutrient level and improve overall health.
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