What Is Vitamin K?
Vitamin K plays a key role in helping the blood clot and preventing excessive bleeding. Unlike many other vitamins, vitamin K is not usually used as a dietary supplement.
Vitamin K is actually a group of compounds. The most important of these compounds seem to be vitamin K1 and vitamin K2. Vitamin K1 is obtained from green leafy vegetables and some other vegetables. Vitamin K2 is a group of compounds, mainly obtained from meat, cheese, and eggs, and synthesized by bacteria.
Vitamin K1 is the main form of vitamin K supplements available in the U.S.
Recently, some people expect vitamin K2 to treat osteoporosis and bone loss caused by steroids, but the research is contradictory. At this point, there are not enough data to recommend the use of vitamin K2 to treat osteoporosis.
Why do people take vitamin K?
Low levels of vitamin K can increase the risk of uncontrolled bleeding. Although vitamin K deficiency is rare in adults, it is very common in newborn infants. A single injection of vitamin K to newborns is standard. Vitamin K is also used to counteract an overdose of the blood thinner.
Although vitamin K deficiency is not common, you may be at higher risk if you have:
Have a disease that affects the absorption of the digestive tract, such as Crohn's disease or active celiac disease
Taking drugs that interfere with the absorption of vitamin K
Drink alcohol heavily
In this case, the health care provider may recommend vitamin K supplements.
The use of vitamin K to treat cancer, treat symptoms of morning sickness, remove spider veins, and treat other diseases has not been proven. Contact us about our products.
Can you get vitamin K naturally from food?
Good natural food sources of vitamin K include:
Vegetables such as spinach, asparagus, and broccoli
Legumes such as soybeans
You can also eat foods with lesser amounts of vitamin K to meet your daily needs:
Meat like liver
What are the risks of taking vitamin K?
The side effects of the recommended dose of oral vitamin K are rare.
Interactions. Many drugs can interfere with the effects of vitamin K, including antacids, blood thinners, antibiotics, aspirin, and drugs used to treat cancer, seizures, high cholesterol, and other diseases.
Risks. You should not take vitamin K supplements unless your health care provider tells you to. People who use coumarin to treat heart problems, clotting disorders, or other diseases may need to pay close attention to their diet to control the amount of vitamin K they take in. They should not take vitamin K supplements unless their health care provider advises them to do so.
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