Vitamin K

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Vitamin K

Vitamin K is needed for making prothrombin, which you need for blood clotting.

You also need it for bone formation and repair and making osteocalcin, a protein in your bone tissue, which may help prevent osteoporosis.

In addition, it may protect your vascular system by preventing hardening of your arteries.

Your liver is very efficient at extracting vitamin K and using it to make clotting factors in your blood.

Some researchers claim the current DRIs may not be enough to meet the needs of other tissues in your body.

Vitamin K plays an important role in your intestines and helps convert glucose into glycogen for storage in your liver, promoting healthy liver function.

It may increase resistance to infection in children and help prevent cancers that target the inner linings of your organs.

It helps promote longevity.

A deficiency of this vitamin can cause abnormal and/or internal bleeding.

There are 3 forms of vitamin K.

The first is vitamin K1, which comes from plants and makes up your dietary vitamin K.

The second is vitamin K2, which is made by intestinal bacteria and also found in butter, cow liver, chicken, egg yolks, fermented soybean products, and some cheeses.

Third, there is vitamin K3, which is a synthetic, man-made substance.


Vitamin K1 is found in some foods, including asparagus, blackstrap molasses, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chicken, dark green leafy vegetables, egg yolks, leaf lettuce, liver, oatmeal, oats, rye, safflower oil, soybeans, wheat, and yogurt.

Herbs supplying vitamin K1 include alfalfa, green tea, kelp, nettle, oat straw, and shepherd’s purse.

However, most of your body’s supply of this vitamin is made by the “friendly” bacteria normally present in your intestines, which comes as a result of eating soluble fiber.


Antibiotics increase the need for dietary or supplemental vitamin K.

Because bacteria in your intestines make vitamin K, taking antibiotics – which kill the bacteria – interferes with this process.

Antibiotics also interfere with the absorption of vitamin K.

Vitamin K deficiency can be caused by any of the following:

>A poor or restricted diet lacking in fiber.

>Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis.

>Liver disease interfering with vitamin K storage.

>The use of antibiotics, cholesterol-lowering drugs, mineral oil, aspirin, and/or blood thinners.

Low levels of vitamin K are associated with insulin release and glucose regulation problems, and may lead to low bone density in women.

Supplementing your diet with this vitamin enhances the bone-building process by attracting calcium to your bone.

Supplemental vitamin K also reduces the amount of calcium in your urine and frees up more calcium to be used for bone building.


Don’t take large doses of synthetic vitamin K during the last few weeks of pregnancy.

It can result in a toxic reaction in your newborn.

If you’re taking blood thinning drugs, consult with your health care provider before taking any supplemental vitamin K, as it can interfere with these medications.

Megadoses of this vitamin can accumulate in your body and cause flushing and sweating.

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