Vitamin E / Vitamin K / Bioflavonoid
In this section of Seattle Organic Restaurants, I’m going to talk about the health benefits of vitamin E, vitamin K and bioflavonoids.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a high source of antioxidant that can prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. Vitamin E can improve circulation, hair and skin, repair tissues, reduce the blood pressure and prevent PMS syndrome. In a study in 1998, the National Cancer Institute found out that vitamin E reduces the risk of prostate cancer in people who smoke. Vitamin E can also prevent Alzheimer’s and formation of free radicals in the body. Vitamin E can prevent heart disease and utilizes vitamin A.
Vitamin E deficiencies are PMS syndrome, abortion or miscarriage, and short life of red blood cells. Vitamin E can be found in seeds, nuts, vegetables, brown rice, eggs, oatmeal, meat, potatoes, wheatgrass and whole grains. Herbs such as flaxseed, nettle, rose hips and watercress also have vitamin E.
Vitamin K: Vitamin K is necessary for bone formation and manufacturing prothrombin that is essential for clotting the blood. Vitamin K boosts the body’s immune system against cancer and infection. Vitamin K also promotes longevity and healthy liver function. Vitamin K deficiency can cause internal bleeding. Vitamin K has three types of vitamin K1, K2 and K3. Vitamin K can be found in broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, egg yolk, leafy veggies, soybeans, green tea, safflower oil and yogurt. Herbs such as alfalfa, nettle, green tea and oat straw are full of vitamin K.
Bioflavonoids: Bioflavonoid really isn’t a vitamin but nutritionists sometimes call it vitamin P. Our bodies cannot produce bioflavonoids therefore they should be taken on a daily diet. Bioflavonoids help with vitamin C absorption so the two of them should be taken together. Bioflavonoids and vitamin C can protect the capitally structure. There are different types of bioflavonoids such as citrin, hesperidin, quercetin, rutin, flavones and eriodictyol. Bioflavonoids are used for treatment of athletic bruises, bumps and muscle pain. Bioflavonoids and vitamin C can also reduce the oral herpes symptoms. Bioflavonoids can be found in buckwheat, apricots, grapefruit, grapes, lemon, plums, oranges and rose hips. Herbs such as horsetail, rose hips, elderberries and berries are rich in bioflavonoids.