Vitamin K is a very essential vitamin!
It is necessary for blood clotting. It is given in the medical setting at times to reverse the effects of blood thinning medications.
Vitamin K is given to prevent clotting problems in newborns who don’t have enough vitamin K at birth. Vitamin K is given to people who are low- don’t make enough vitamin K.
The name vitamin K comes from the German word Koagulationsvitamin.
Vitamin K is what we call a fat soluble vitamin, which means it can be retained in the fat cells of our body. Vitamin K interacts with a protein in our blood that is involved in clotting.
There are different forms of vitamin K:
Vitamin K1 (phytonadione) – this form is found in vegetables
Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) – found in dairy products & also produced in the intestines (primarily by the bacteria in the intestines)
Both forms are available in North America. Vitamin K1 the preferred form of vitamin K because it is less toxic, tends to work faster, is stronger, and works better for certain conditions.
Vitamin K health benefits:
- Heart health – Vitamin K has been shown to help prevent calcification of arteries in the heart
- Healthy Bones – Vitamin K increases the amount of a specific protein required to
maintain bone calcium.
- Cancer Prevention – Vitamin K has been shown to be effective in helping with the reduction in the risk of prostate, colon, stomach, nasal, and oral cancers.
Vitamin K is a vitamin found in:
- leafy green vegetables
- fermented soy
- dried basil
- brussels sprouts
The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of vitamin K is 120 mcg/day for men and 90 mcg/day for women.
*******If you have any questions or concerns regarding Vitamin K, consult your physician*****
**********This information is intended for educational purposes, not as medical advice**********