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Vitamin K

Updated: March 22, 2017 11:51 am

A small bruise on our body may prove to be fatal if the blood does not clot. It is Vitamin K that plays an important role in such situations and regain enough strength to the body.

If you are asked to name the essential Vitamins that your body requires, you would probably name the Vitamins A to E.  But forget to name Vitamin K that is equally important as other vitamins.  It is an essential vitamin to all the organs including bones and heart.

Koagulation is a German word and it means clotting. So the German scientists have named it as Vitamin K.


-Vitamin K is one of the essential, fat soluble vitamin that our body needs for the smooth function of the organs.  This vitamin activates the protein that clots the blood.

-Vitamin K increases the amount of a specific protein required to maintain bone calcium, reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Some studies on vitamin K have found that high intakes of vitamin K stop bone loss in people with osteoporosis.

-Vitamin K has been shown to be effe tive in reducing the risk of prostate, colon, stomach, nasal, and oral cancers. One study even found that high doses of Vitamin K helped patients with liver cancer stabilize and even improve their liver function.

-This is an important vitamin that plays critical role, in building your bones, optimizing your insulin levels, and helping your blood to clot properly.

-Apart from clotting the blood Vitamin K has other benefits such as strengthening of bones with enough of calcium and prevent them from becoming brittle.  Preventing and controlling osteoporosis.

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-Beneficial to heart and is vital in heart disease prevention. Arteries are protected from plaguing with calcium and helps in free circulation of blood in the body. Vitamin K helps prevent hardening of the arteries – a common risk factor in coronary artery disease and heart failure.

The plant-based Vitamin K1 (phyll quinone) is found in green leafy vegetables such as dandelion and K2 is bacterially produced in the gut.  Both these are counted as vitamin V. Anti-biotic and diets low in Vitamin K decrease the body’s Vitamin K concentration.  Dietary supplements can be considered, especially if you or your family has a history of osteoporosis or heart disease.

A person taking average diet may not be lacking in Vitamin K and in healthy adults the deficiency is rare. Small children have less of Vitamin K especially new-born babies are at the high risk of this deficiency. They have very low levels of this vitamin, so they are injected this Vitamin to protect them from bleeding. Other people who are at an increased risk of this deficiency are those who are suffering from liver damage, inflammatory bowel disease or have recently undergone abdominal surgeries. On an average, men need 120mg of Vitamin K per day and women 90mg.

Vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables, including lettuce, broccoli, and spinach, meat, and fish and makes up about 90 percent of the Vitamin K in the Western-style diet.

By Nibhanapudi Suguna

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