Balance Blood Lipids with This Vitamin
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Balance Blood Lipids with This Vitamin

There's a lovely little nutrient that could help nudge your blood lipids in the right direction. We're talking about vitamin K, the stuff found in kale and other leafy greens.

In a study of pre-middle-aged adults, those who had the highest blood levels of vitamin K had the most favorable HDL and triglyceride profiles.

The Many Roles of K
Most people fall short on vitamin K intake every day. But your body needs K for blood clotting and bone remodeling. And now a study shows that K may play a role in balancing blood lipids. In the study, the people who had the most K in their diets were less likely to fall short on HDL (healthy) cholesterol and less likely to have off-the-charts triglycerides compared with the people who got the least vitamin K. (Discover the best food sources of vitamin K.)

Group Effort
How does K work its blood lipids magic? Researchers suspect that K is involved in metabolism, blood sugar regulation, and fat storage. And that all of those influences combine to affect HDL and triglyceride levels. In the study, people who got the most K also exercised more, had lower BMIs and waist circumferences, ate less saturated fat, and had higher intakes of heart-healthy nutrients in general -- all of which probably contributed further to the stellar HDL and triglyceride profiles. Get more vitamin K in your diet tonight with this recipe: Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Gratin

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