Vitamin K moved from obscurity to become the ‘in’ Vitamin A few years ago when it was widely reported that it could accomplish the holy grail of beauty tips – that is, reduce black circles under the eyes! Hurray, we cheered. But before long, it slipped back into obscurity. It is time to put it back on your shopping list. If you lack sleep, it will show on your face. Even the best concealer may not be able to hide those haunting black circles.
Vitamin K goes to work on dark circles by suppressing pigmentation and helping to prevent blood from clotting. Those who are into that pale look have discovered another secret of Vitamin K. Shhh! By suppressing pigmentation, it can help produce whiter skin. Seeking a porcelain doll look, though, you can get too much of a good thing, go easy follow the recommended dosage if you are taking a supplement. Given the important role of the melanin in pigmentation in protecting your skin from the sun, the guidance of a natural doctor is suggested.
There are many more reasons why you should restock Vitamin K. It’s also good for the bones and may help keep osteoporosis at bay. If you are short on Vitamin K, you are at a higher risk of a hip fracture and more frail bones in general. For skin health, Vitamin K has been shown to accelerate the healing of skin irritations. It has even been applied to the redness that results from laser treatments. So be sure to add this all around beauty vitamin to your diet.
Foods high in Vitamin K include:
• Dark leafy greens (mustards, spinach, kale)
• Brussels sprouts
• Spring onions
• Spices (chili powder, cayenne, curry, paprika)
• Herbs (thyme, basil, sage, coriander, oregano)
A Vitamin K deficiency can result in a thinning of the blood and lead to stroke and other illnesses.
So why not try to add some Vitamin K rich foods to your diet and perhaps watch those dark circles under your eyes disappear. Lookout for spinach and kale in one of our new formulas, Femina, coming out soon!