Keen on Vitamin K

Vitamin K actually refers to a group of vitamins that play roles in blood calcium levels, blood clotting and bone metabolism (also known as bone remodelling). The ‘K’ in Vitamin K comes from the German word ‘koagulation’ due to Vitamin K’s blood clotting role.

A Vitamin deficiency is rare, but in those rare and severe cases, a deficiency can cause delays in blood clotting, haemorrhaging and excessive bleeding. More common, but still relatively unusual, are newborn babies with malabsorption problems caused by other conditions such as celiac disease or ulcerative colitis.

Types of Vitamin K

  1. Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) comes from plants. It is the principal type of dietary vitamin K.
  2. Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) is a lesser source and is in some animal-based and fermented foods.

Signs you’re low in Vitamin K

A Vitamin K deficiency may not cause any noticeable symptoms, but when they do occur, symptoms can include:

  • Bruising easily
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Bloody stools
  • Diarrhoea
  • Indigestion

Vitamin K doesn’t work alone

Vitamin K teams up with Vitamin D to make sure calcium is adequately absorbed and used by the bones. This fat-soluble group of vitamins have a decisive effect on bone mineral density and lowers fracture risk.

Get your Vitamin K in

Make sure you’re getting your Vitamin K intake correct:

  • Men: 70mcg per day
  • Women: 60mcg per day

Sources of Vitamin K:

Dark leafy greens including brussel sprouts, swiss chard, mustard greens, spinach, kale and broccoli

 

Asparagus

 

Sea vegetables like nori and dulse

 

Cucumber

 

Cauliflower

 

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