The Pro's of Vitamin K
A very beneficial Vitamin
- Unlike other vitamins Vitamin K is not used as a dietary supplement. Vitamin K plays a role in helping the blood clot, preventing excessive bleeding. Low levels of vitamin K can raise the risk of uncontrolled bleeding. While vitamin K deficiencies are rare in adults, they are very common in newborn infants. A single injection of vitamin K for newborns is standard. Vitamin K is also used to counterbalance an overdose of the blood thinner Coumadin
- Vitamin K deficiencies are uncommon,but you may be at higher risk if you:
- Have a disease that affects absorption in the digestive tract, such as Crohn's disease or active celiac disease
- Take drugs that interfere with vitamin K absorption
- Are severely malnourished
- Drink alcohol heavily
- Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is well known for the important role it plays in blood clotting. However, vitamin K is also absolutely essential to building strong bones, preventing heart disease, and a very crucial part of other bodily processes. In fact, vitamin K is also referred to as "the forgotten vitamin" because its major benefits are often overlooked.
Foods that contain vitamin K...
- Fermented foods, such as natto, typically have the highest concentration of vitamin K found in the human diet, and can provide several milligrams of vitamin K2 on a daily basis.
- This level far exceeds the amount found in dark green vegetables.
- Other foods high in K2 include raw dairy products such ashard and soft cheeses, raw butter, and kefir, and sauerkraut.