Vitamin K- The Clotting Vitamin

By Kemboi Kibet, Eldoret October 5, 2012

FACTS

Vitamin K is a group of fat soluble vitamins made up of vitamin K1 is also known as phylloquinone or phytomenadione (phytonadione) and vitamin K2 which includes menaquinone and menatetrenone. Vitamin K1 is made by plants and that is where we get are dietary vitamin K from and vitamin K2 is made in the large intestine by bacteria.Vitamin K is essential for proper coagulation of blood which is blood clotting. Vitamin K2 deficiency is rare unless there is damage to the large intestine that prevents it from producing this vitamin

FOOD SOURCES

Foods rich in vitamin K include

green leafy vegetables like spinach, turnip greens,
fish, meat ,egg, liver
vegetables such as Brussel sprouts , cauliflower, cabbage
fruits such as grapes, plums, raspberries

HEALTH BENEFITS

Vitamin K is important for blood clotting. Without it blood wont clot

It also helps protect bones from fracture and prevent post menopausal bone loss

Vitamin K protects against liver and prostate cancer

It has anti inflammatory properties that reduces inflammation in the body

Vitamin K is essential for synthesis of sphingolipids and therefore helps in brain and nervous function

Vitamin K2 is known to protect against cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease

SIDE EFFECTS

There are no side effects for high levels of vitamin K

It should however be noted that vitamin K can interfere with blood thinning medication, warfarin and it is important to limit intake of foods that contain vitamin K when on this medication

DEFICIENCIES

Vitamin K deficiencies is extremely rare. It only happens when the body can’t absorb vitamin K from the intestinal tracts. Some of the symptoms of vitamin K deficiency include

bleeding such as nose bleeds and gum bleed
anaemia
heavy menstrual bleeding
osteoporosis and coronary heart disease linked to vitamin K2
easily bruising
prolonged clotting time
hemorrhaging

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9 comments on “Vitamin K- The Clotting Vitamin

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