Benefits of vitamin k

Vitamin K is one of the most essential nutrients that are required by the body in very small amounts, but on regular basis. Vitamin K is responsible for forming certain compounds referred to as “coagulation factors.” These factors collectively work to clot the blood when you suffer from an injury. Deficiency of vitamin K results in excessive bleeding, even if a minor injury occurs. Vitamin K is also responsible for preventing bone loss, and inadequate levels of vitamin K may result in low bone density. Vitamin K can be divided into the following three categories.

  • Vitamin K1: Scientifically known as phylloquinone, this comes with the consumption of a regular daily diet. Small quantities of vitamin K1 are present in green leafy veggies, vegetable oils, and dairy products. It is also produced synthetically as an oral as well as an injectable supplement. This is used for the treatment of certain conditions that cause excessive bleeding.
  • Vitamin K2: Referred to as menaquinone, this is produced by the bacteria and natural flora present in the intestines.
  • Vitamin K3: Also known as menadione, this is produced synthetically. Vitamin K3 is administered to adults only for certain typical conditions.
Vitamins K1 and K2 are soluble in fats and are stored in the fat tissues of our body. Small quantities are stored in the liver as well. As now you know, certain amounts of Vitamin K are also produced in the body itself, but this is not provide the body adequate amounts for proper functioning. In order to maintain healthy levels of vitamin K required for the body, you must include certain foods in your daily dietary plan. Some very good sources of natural vitamin K are spinach, green onions, cabbage, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, soya beans, and milk and milk products. You may also consult your dietician for more advise on your vitamin K levels and if you need to up your intake of vitamin K foods.

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