Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nutritional value of beets - Part 8: Vitamin K

Beet greens

Beet greens - raw: Vitamin K
Measure: 38g (1 cup)
Calories: 8

Vitamin K
Osteoporosis, anyone? 

If you are concerned to maintain strong healthy bones, Vitamin K has to be high on your list of "must haves." This vitamin is also essential to proper blood clotting.

Vitamin K was discovered in 1929. It came to be called by the letter K because it was designated as Koagulationsvitamin  in the German journal in which the initial discovery was reported. And it was designated as Koagulationsvitamin because of it coagulating function.

Bone development and bone metabolism require the presence of balanced amounts of Vitamin K and Vitamin D. Results of a 1998 observational study suggest that high Vitamin D intake coupled with low Vitamin K intake produces increased risk of hip fractures.

The RDA* of Vitamin K is 80 mg. One cup of raw beet tops provides 190% of this daily requirement.

So if you want to continue to have legs to stand on, eat your beet greens.

* RDA has been made obsolete by the USDA and so, as of March 2011, when I do mention it, it shall only be as a quaint matter of historical interest. RDA has been replaced by three other measures which are (a) unrelated to RDA and (b) meaningless for all practical purposes at this time. This will remain the case until such time as the new measures are sufficiently and comprehensively developed to the point of serving a meaningful purpose.

For a broad overview of one of the new, incomplete standard measures, check out Dietary Reference Intake .

Additional information on the health benefits of beets will be found by following the links below:

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