What role does vitamin K play in cancer prevention and how do you get enough? Are there good available food sources for vitamin K?
In the November 2010 issue of Life Extension magazine there was an extensive article about vitamin K being a NEW FRONTIER in Cancer Prevention. As a kid in school growing up one of my teachers was always fond of saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". According to GOOGLE, Ben Franklin coined that phrase along with a lot of other quotable quotes. The reason quotes like that STICK is that they make a lot of sense.
King James Version (KJV)
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
(Remember, God don't make NO junk.....)
(Remember, God don't make NO junk.....)
Would you rather be reading how to combat and treat cancer AFTER you find out you have it, OR find out some tips on preventing it.
Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) has been shown to safely suppress growth and invasion of HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA, a common and deadly form of liver cancer. In part it freezes the cell cycle, blocking further replication and it triggers programmed cell death by apoptosis through several distinctive mechanisms. It further exerts multiple effects on tumors, modifying growth factors and their receptor molecules in a way that makes them less able to stimulate tumor growth and progression.
DO I KNOW exactly how that takes place? NOT A CLUE, but thanks for asking. I only care that those in the know discovered it.
Vitamin K2 has also demonstrated potential in leukemia, certain brain cancers. stomach cancer and Colo rectal cancer.
The article was very detailed and provides references for studies to back up the conclusions. You can reach the Life Extension Magazine folks at: www.lifextension.com and perhaps obtain a copy of the Nov 2010 issue or a reprint of the article in full.
SOURCES OF VITAMIN K/ SEE LINK:
Some of the best natural sources of Vitamin K are found in spices report the experts at Nutrition Data. The highest amount is found in basil. A 1-oz. serving of dried basil contains 480 mg of the nutrient. This same serving size will supply you with 600 percent (not a misprint) of your daily recommended allotment of Vitamin K. Other spices that contain rich amounts of the vitamin include sage, thyme, parsley, coriander (also known as cilantro), marjoram, oregano and celery flakes.
VEGETABLES / (MY INPUT) Use your Vita Mixer or other smoothie machine to make green smoothies
Vitamin K occurs naturally in a wide range of greens, otherwise known as dark green leafy vegetables. Included in this category are chard, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, cress, spinach, turnip greens, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, chicory greens, radicchio, watercress, endive, beet greens and lambsquarters. The richest raw source is found in Swiss chard. According to Nutrition Data, a 1 cup serving size of this vegetable contains 299 micrograms, and/or 374-percent of your daily recommended allotment of the vitamin.
Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts contain rich amounts of Vitamin K. One cup of Brussels sprouts contains 156 micrograms of the vitamin. This same serving size will supply you with 195 percent of your daily recommended allotment.
If you enjoy fruit, you can get your fill of Vitamin K. Dried plums (otherwise known as prunes) contain the largest amount. One cup of pitted dried plums contains 104 micrograms of the nutrient. This will supply you with 129 percent of your daily recommended allotment of Vitamin K. Other fruits high in the nutrient include stewed prunes, kiwi fruit, rhubarb, avocados, boysenberries, blueberries, pomegranates, plums and dried peaches. All varieties of figs, including fresh, canned, stewed and dried are natural sources of Vitamin K.
Otherwise known as beans, a variety of these food are natural sources of Vitamin K. Foods made with soybeans contain the highest level of the nutrient. Roasted soybeans can be enjoyed as a healthy snack since they contain rich amounts of the vitamin according to Nutrition Data. A 1 cup serving of roasted soybeans contains 87 micrograms of the nutrient. This will supply you with 108 percent of your daily recommended allotment of Vitamin K. Other soy products include miso, raw soy beans, soy flour and tofu.
Other legumes that contain respectable amounts of Vitamin K include bean varieties, such as kidney, garbanzos, fava beans, mung, black, great northern, lima, pinto, white, pink and split peas.
You can also look at taking a vitamin K supplement. here is ONE example from Swanson Vitamins: