Saturday, 3 November 2012

Vitamins C, K and Other Overlooked Nutrients By Michael V Harris

The medicinal value of vitamin D is known to most people. While regular amounts of vitamin D are essential for a healthy life, there are other vitamins that should be included in your daily diet. Below are some of these vitamins, complete with their advantages and the foodstuffs in which they are commonly found.

Vitamin C

Knowledge about the positive effects of vitamin C is centuries old. The famous British navigator, Captain James Cook, sailors needed to either lemon or lime juice consume every few days. This practice became so popular in the British Navy that British sailors quickly nicknamed "Limeys." Both lemon and lime juice are rich in vitamin C, and proved invaluable in repelling sea crippling ailments such as scurvy, pellagra, and beriberi.

Modern medicine has unearthed many other reasons for vitamin C consumption. Vitamin C has been shown that the immune system is damaged by stress to restore, and American Journal of Clinical Medicine study suggested that a high intake of vitamin C can significantly the risk of stroke. This nutrient is also very useful for those suffering from common cold, because it can be used to prevent the cold virus morphing into pneumonia and other lung infections.

Although the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C is 75-90 milligrams for adults, recent research suggests that 500 mg of vitamin C in order to reap the benefits of the nutrient. Good sources of vitamin C include cantaloupe (59mg in 1 cup), orange juice (97mg in 1 cup), green peppers (60 mg in 1 cup), red pepper (95 mg in 1 cup), and cooked broccoli (74 mg in 1 cup).

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is another nutrient that is often undervalued. The most outstanding advantage of Vitamin K is the ability to enhance bone health. A condition that can be treated with vitamin K bone demineralization, a process in which excessive bone bones stripping much needed nutrients and transferred to other parts of the body. Vitamin K helps in the prevention of the formation of these cells known as osteoclasts, thus keeping the body of bones with essential nutrients. As an added benefit, Vitamin K facilitates carboxylation, a process that can bone protein (osteocalcin called) correctly.

In addition to the strengthening of bones, brains, vitamin K also improve performance by producing a thick called sphingolipids. This fat is the main building block of the myelin sheath, a layer of insulation that allows nerve cells transmit impulses. Moreover, high vitamin K against calcification (a buildup of calcium in tissue), a condition that affects the cardiovascular system and greater risk of cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis and stroke.\xA0

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