Last week my husband had a scheduled appointment for an echo cardiogram and since he is on coumadin, the nurse checked his INR (International Normalized Ratio) and it was off the chart. He ended up in the hospital and his cardiologist thought it was lack of green leafy vegetables. Mostly.
Eventually,tests normalized and needles to say, we found it imperative to start a garden. Ergo, me and my Rollator headed out to the Back Forty and I started to pull the weeds, fast and furiously.
The first seedlings that go into the ground is the curly kale that contain vitamins A and C in addition to vitamin K. One (1) cup of lightly cooked kale has 684% of the daily intake or 1230% of DRI (Dietary Reference Intake). Vitamin K helps to normalize the clotting of the blood. In warmer climate, it grows all winter long. This is the most important vegetable in our garden on Back Forty.
Brussel Sprouts is another important vegetable that goes into the garden. It contains 116% of the DRI of vitamin K, A and C. !/2 cup of the sprouts meets the intake of vitamins C and K. It's low in calories but high in protein which surprised me when I read it. I usually finely slice them and stir fry them with onions.
Broccoli is the third most important vegetables for us here at Back Forty. It contains 116% of the DRI of vitamins K, A and C. If you don't want to eat it raw, cut it up in florets and lightly steam it.
Of course, the cabbage completes my October planting. It contains 85% of DRI of vitamin K per up. It makes for strong bones which I need. It is also good for diabetes type 2.
It may be too late for basil but I picked up a healthy looking plant in the grocery store. Interestingly, only one (1) tbs of dried basil contains 107% of DRI while two (2) tbs of fresh chopped basil give you 27% of DRII
This, folks, is the power of food!
Disclaimer: This information is mainly for us at the Back Forty. Please, do your own research.
Good Sources for Additional Research:
health.facty.com 13 Foods High in Vitamin K.
A List of Foods with vitamin K--Coumadin (found on the Internet)
The National Institutes of Health has an extensive article on Vitamin K.
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