Well it’s finally coming to a close and I think it’s been very productive and educational on both my part and anyone that has been following. Vitamin E and K are both fairly simple, yet important vitamins. Let’s get started.
If you conducted a word association experiment with someone and you were to say “ Vitamin E “, chances are the first thing that they would say and come to mind is “Healthy Skin”. Is that wrong? Absolutely not. Everyday you see commercials for moisturizing lotions claiming to contain Vitamin E to promote healthy skin. However most people would challenge the subject of topical application of vitamin E through a manufactured product. Vitamins are absorbed in to the body through the small intestine with the exception of D-3 which as we talked about is synthesized through the skin with sunlight.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin with really great anti-oxidant properties. Vitamin E comes in many natural food sources and it’s very rare to suffer from a deficiency. Deficiency can result in nerve damage, but as I said, it’s very rare. To avoid vitamin E deficiency all you really have to do is keep a steady diet of the following food sources.
Vegetable oils (in great moderation)
Large doses of synthetic vitamin E, or even natural vitamin E supplements is not recommended and may be toxic at some levels. Some people may have allergic reactions to synthetic vitamin E products. If you have any reservations about whether you get enough Vitamin E in your diet and may be thinking about taking a Vitamin E supplement, consult your physician.
It is also said that Vitamin E is good for muscle recovery during weight training.
How often do you hear about Vitamin K? Not often at all. Vitamin K is the last of the basic fat soluble vitamins and plays a key role in coagulation in blood through regulation of certain proteins. The modification process of these proteins is also important to healthy bone metabolism.
Vitamin K also comes in various food sources to include leafy green vegetables to include spinach, cabbage, kale, Broccoli and cauliflowers, fruits suck as Kiwi and avocados as well as meat, egg and dairy products. Again, if you eat right there should be no problems of deficiency, however if a problem absorbing Vitamin K through the intestines occur, this can cause a deficiency. Although rare, a vitamin K deficiency may include symptoms and ailments of uncontrolled bleeding, bone development problems and stomach pains as well as arterial clogging due to calcium deposits forming on the arterial walls.
There are no known problems with toxic levels of vitamin K besides perhaps an allergic reaction but large doses of vitamin K through supplementation is not recommended or needed unless prescribed by a doctor.
Vitamin K was studied and suspect at one time to have carcinogenic effects in synthetic forms, but has since been found to hold no such issues.