Ask the Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Got information on Vitamin K? Gastritis?

Q: How will I know if I have a Vitamin K deficiency and what is Vitamin K good for?

A: Symptoms of Vitamin K deficiency are mainly easy bruising and bleeding, such as bleeding gums, nosebleeds, blood in the urine or stool or heavy menstrual periods. There are two types of Vitamin K; K1 and K2. Vitamin K is needed to maintain optimum blood clotting. It also assists the transport of calcium, thereby making it helpful for bone health. Studies have shown that K2 may reduce bone loss and decrease the risk of bone fractures. It may also prevent calcification of arteries. Anyone with osteoporosis, liver disease, alcohol dependency, malnutrition or individuals that have problems with absorption of vitamins may be at risk. Your diet should consist of lots of green leafy vegetables, eggs and soybeans to get the natural form of Vitamin K. Supplements are also available.

Q: I suffer from gastritis and even though I really watch what I eat, it often flares up, causing me quite a bit of pain and discomfort. What can I do to help calm this down?

A: There is a fabulous product called Intestinal Soothe and Build which is great for your condition as well as celiac disease, colitis, chrohn’s, diverticulitis, IBS, constipation, etc. It contains cooling and mucilaginous herbs which reduce inflammation. Many of the herbs have astringent properties which tighten and tone the tissues and also control bleeding. The herbs also help to eliminate toxins and can relax spastic conditions in the bowel. The product contains the following herbs: slippery elm, chamomile, plantain, rosehips, bugleweed and marshmallow root.

This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.

Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Schram, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011. www.morethanherbsonline.com