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Vitamin K: Essential For Children’s Health

on March 17, 2012

Most of us have heard of Vitamin K but few of us probably know the full benefits of this Vitamin.  Vitamin K helps our bodies recover from bruising faster, prevent nosebleeds, helps our blood clot and heal cuts faster.  Any parent knows how common these things are with children, especially as the weather gets warmer and they spend more time on outdoor activities.  In addition to that, Vitamin K works with Calcium to strengthen bone mass, which promotes bone building.  This is a very important vitamin for your little ones since they are rapidly growing.  Getting enough Vitamin K will ensure that they are building strong, healthy bones!

Leafy greens are the best source for Vitamin K, however this vitamin is found in a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as beef.  As with all other fruits and vegetables, the best way to receive the maximum amount of nutrients is to eat them in the raw stage.  Cooked vegetables are also healthy and nutrient rich, however the longer a vegetable cooks, the more of all of the nutrients are released from the dish.  The best way to make sure you and your family are receiving enough Vitamin K is to make sure that you are eating a varied diet filled with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables!

Excellent sources of Vitamin K:

-1 tbsp. Chili Powder, Curry, Paprika, or Cayenne Pepper

-Kale

-Cooked broccoli

-Raw spinach

-Egg yolks

-1 kiwi

-1 cup of berries such as blueberries or strawberries

-Spinach enriched pastas and noodles

Sources:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=112

http://www.realage.com/food/vitamin-k

http://vitamins.lovetoknow.com/Foods_High_in_Vitamin_K

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