Vitamins in Green Smoothies
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin. This means that it is stored in fat cells. Vitamin A is found only in foods that come from animals, but it can be obtained through plants. Certain plants contain carotenoids, which can be converted into vitamin A by the body. The most important function of vitamin A is supporting healthy vision. Immune support is another vital function of vitamin A. It increases the support of antibodies to antigens, and helps the main infantry of the immune system, the white blood cells, do their jobs better. Vitamin A is also thought to improve cell growth and development.
Conditions Improved by Vitamin A: Acne, Diabetes, Hyperkeratosis, Thyroid Disorders, Viral Infections.
Green Smoothie Ingredients with Vitamin A: Carrots, Kale, Spinach, Collard Greens
Vitamin C is probably the most well-known vitamin. It is supplemented more than any other vitamin, serving a protective role for the body of the consumer. It is vital to the protective linings of the body, such as the skin, and the linings of the respiratory system. Deficiency of vitamin C is linked to many ailments, including cardiovascular disease, weakened immune system, slow wound healing, and respiratory infections.
Conditions Improved by Vitamin C: Acne, Asthma, Depression, IBS, Diabetes
Green Smoothie Ingredients Containing Vitamin C: Strawberries, Oranges, Lemons, Kale
Vitamin E is a powerhouse vitamin when it comes to great skin. It is essential for protecting your skin from ultraviolet light, its an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from free radical damage, and it allows your cells to communicate properly. As an example of how this may help you, think about how a pimple is formed. The skin is unable to properly shed cells, which clogs pores. If those cells were functioning properly, hyperkeratinization may not occur stopping the pimple before it ever becomes a problem.
Conditions Improved by Vitamin E: Digestive Mal-absorption, Liver and Gall bladder problems
Green Smoothie Ingredients Containing Vitamin E: Mustard Greens, Chards, Almonds, Spinach
Vitamin KVitamin K is not normally a vitamin that is deficient, but it is still a very important vitamin. While it is readily available in most peoples’ diets, complications with the intestines and liver can contribute to a deficiency in vitamin K. Green smoothies are great sources of vitamin K. The high amounts of vitamin K found naturally in green smoothies, combined with the fact that the source of the vitamin K (green leafy vegetables) in a green smoothie is digested prior to ingestion, makes the vitamin more easily available for use by your body. Vitamin K is important for proper blood clotting and keeping your bones strong.
Conditions Improved by Vitamin K: Easy bruising, excessive bleeding, osteoporosis
Green Smoothie Ingredients That Contain Vitamin K: Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard