Welcome to the latest entry in our series of alphabetized looks at supplements and nutrients, this time taking a look at five ‘K’ supplements worthy of consideration for your pantry or medicine cabinet. Most of these might not be construed as “A-list” supplements, but any one of them could prove a good fit for where you stand in terms of overall wellness.
Finding the Ideal Supplement
It can be difficult to find the ideal supplement for your needs. If you’re looking for the right nutrient(s) to supplement your diet, or the right remedy for a certain ailment, it can take some digging. In this list, you’ll find a few supplements that you have probably never heard of before, and maybe it’s now time you did. One of these could prove valuable and useful to you or a family member in a specific way. Life is full of surprises, and so too are lesser-known supplements. Following are 5 ‘K-’ supplements for you to consider.
5 A-OK ‘K’ Supplements
Vitamin K-2 is a valuable vitamin that works in the body by activating two proteins known as osteocalcin and Matrix-GLA. These two proteins, once set in motion so to speak, can provide multiple healthy effects. Skin elasticity can improve, thereby preventing wrinkles, due to the activation of Matrix-gla from vitamin K-2. It can also reduce varicose veins. Alternatively, the activation of osteocalcin can help the body use insulin, which is beneficial to type-II diabetics. Other potential benefits include supporting athletic performance and supporting male fertility.
Raspberry Ketones are the chemicals responsible for the fragrance of raspberries. When taken in a concentrated dose (as an oral supplement), raspberry ketones can provide some value to your health. Animal studies show that raspberry ketones can help prevent liver inflammation due to fat buildup, and it is thought that this effect can extend to humans, as well. Research suggests that raspberry ketones might also help regulate high cholesterol in humans.
Klamath Blue Green Algae is a type of algae that is rich in protein, and it contains iron and other minerals as well. This type of algae has a long history of human consumption. Various benefits have been attributed to it, but the one that is most credible is that of reducing high blood pressure in some people with high blood pressure.
Krill oil is made from the small crustacean known as “krill,” and it is comparable to regular fish oil supplements. Krill oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), types of omega-3 fats found in regular fish oil. These healthy fats can help reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can help prevent many forms of disease, and also help to reduce joint pain. Some research suggests that the omega-3 fats in krill oil might actually be more easily absorbed than those in regular fish oil.
Korean Ginseng is a plant native to Japan, and harvested and made into an oral supplement. There is scientific evidence showing Korean ginseng to have a number of different potential benefits. One benefit is helping to reduce liver damage and disease. Korean ginseng is also thought to help combat fatigue, bolster brain health and cognition. Studies have also shown Korean ginseng to help reduce both inflammation and oxidative stress, which contribute to a variety of adverse health effects over time.
As you can see, there is a substantial variety of potential benefits among these five ‘K-’ supplements. If any of these supplements seem potentially worthwhile for the well-being of you or a family member, then consult your doctor about them. Maybe it’s time for you to become more familiar with them; this is a start in the right direction.