I read a great article by Dr. Julian Whitaker about Vitamin K (VA). VA has been neglected, as vitamins B, C, D, E, and beta carotene have gotten all of the press. However, new research indicates that it is about to change.

VA has a myriad of beneficial health benefits. It plays a major role in cardiovascular health, works against osteoporosis, and appears to reduce the risk of diabetes and some types of cancer.

I’ve always thought of VA as basically a blood-clotting vitamin, but I’ve learned that it is much more than that. Adequate amounts protect the arteries against atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and VA ┬áis intimately involved in bone metabolism, and shows great promise in preventing kidney stones, cystic fibrosis, varicose veins, and lowering inflammation in the body.

The best Vitamin K is in the form of spinach, kale, and other green leafy veges. You can also get it in a supplement form. The best ones have both substances called phytonadione, phylloquinone, and MK-& 7. Recommenced dose of MK-7 is 100-150mcg/day.

I’m reading a great book called “SPARK, by John R. Ratey, MD. It’s about the wonderful new science of physical exercise and the brain. The brain is like muscle-growing as muscles do with activity, withering with sedentary life. I’ll report more on this book as I get into it.

PS: Say no to the gov’t health plan@!

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.