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Vitamin K is a type of fat-soluble vitamin that is stored in the liver. There are actually two types of vitamin K, vitamin K1 and vitamin K2. Let's try to understand their function, their dietary sources and what is the daily requirement. Vitamins K1 and K2, food sources and functions - Vitamin K1 plays a role in blood clotting processes, it is the most abundant vitamin K in the diet but also the least active. Vitamin K1 is mainly contained in leafy greens, especially kale (145 micrograms in 1...
Calcium is one of the most important components of the human body and is found mainly in the skeleton and in the teeth, about 99%, while the remaining 1% is circulating in the blood. Bones and teeth are made up of strong and resistant tissues thanks to calcium but they also have a very precise function, they are in fact a reserve and a source of calcium for the organism that uses this precious element, once it has entered the blood flow, in different biological processes. Calcium, properties a...
Giant Sequoia, herbal medicine
Giant sequoia, also called giant redwood or big tree, scientific name sequoia gigantea, is a plant belonging to the Cupressaceae family. From its young shoots a glycerine macerate is obtained, able to protect the tissues, with a stimulating action on the organism, a tonic effect but also antidepressant properties. Therefore, this macerate is suitable to be used as a natural remedy in case of fatigue, osteoporosis, even in menopause, apathy, loss of appetite and depression, even in the elderly. M...
Dwarf mountain pine, herbal medicine
Dwarf mountain pine, also known as creeping pine, mountain pine and mugo pine, scientific name Pinus montana, is a plant belonging to the Conifer family. From its gems a glycerine macerate is obtained with interesting properties especially for what concerns the bone health. Mountain pine glycerine macerate, properties - It seems that this natural remedy is able to sustain and support the state of good health of cartilages and bones by counteracting any degenerations. This action is due to subs...
Yellow dock, also known as curly dock, scientific name Rumex crispus, is a plant of the Polygonaceae family. The extract obtained from the roots of this plant is a remedy with purifying and diuretic properties, it stimulates the activity of the liver, is laxative, thus helping in case of constipation, and is useful in case of anemia as it provides iron. Moreover, rumex extract is characterized by a well demonstrated antioxidant effect, therefore useful to counteract oxidative stress and the dama...
Borage, scientific name Borago officinalis, is a spontaneous plant characterized by hairy leaves and small flowers of a beautiful blue-violet color. In a previous post we saw how this plant was used for cooking, today we will see in detail the properties of the oil obtained by pressing borage seeds, both for internal and external use. The seeds are in fact rich in gamma-linolenic acid with a powerful antioxidant action, able to counteract the aging processes and inflammations and helpful in case...
In ancient Egypt the sun, represented by the god Ra, struggled every night against the snake god Apofi, the incarnation of chaos and darkness that wanted to prevent him from rising. Every night the priests prayed that Ra would win the fight and the sun would return to shine the next day and guarantee life, wellbeing and prosperity. Beyond the myth the central point is that the sun is essential to life, the sun in fact activates the chlorophyll photosynthesis of plants, which in this way take nou...
The silver fir, Abies Alba, belongs to the Pinaceae family and is characterized by a silver gray bark that has small cavities containing turpentine, a resin with balsamic and anti-inflammatory properties, used in case of cough, bronchitis but also gout and rheumatism. It is also used in the industrial field for the preparation of paints. From the silver fir buds, a glycerin macerate with beneficial properties for the body is obtained. The glycerin macerate of silver fir helps indeed to fight off...
The pear contains potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, boron, but also zinc, copper and manganese. If consumed with peel, in this case we recommend to choose organic fruits, It has the ability to control bad LDL cholesterol. The pear also contains a lot of fibers, for this reason it is helpful if you suffer from constipation, it gives a sense of satiety, and thanks to the potassium, it helps to regulate the blood pressure. The boron contained in pear helps the body retain the calcium and c...
Courgette flowers ( Zucchini flowers)
Courgette flowers are characterized by a deep yellow color. They are rich in phytohormones, with an energizing and tonic action, carotenoids and vitamins, in particular vitamin A and C, able to protect DNA. The zucchini flowers contain also vitamins of group B and mineral salts such as calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Thanks to the contained substances they have anticancer properties, reinforce the immune system, are diuretic, helps digestion and reinforce the bones: these effects make zu...
Cranberry is rich in vitamin C, that makes this berry a source of antioxidants. In addition to this, cranberry has also a diuretic action, has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, for this reason it can be helpful especially in case of cystitis. According to scientific studies, cranberry results a valid remedy in order to prevent and treat the infections of the urinary tract because it seems to be able to remove the bacteria from mucosa. Cranberry helps also to lower cholesterol and mai...
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