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Is Vitamin K Part of Your Diet?

Is Vitamin K Part of Your Diet? The Important Benefits of Vitamin K

Let me ask you, do you know the benefits of vitamin K? I would expect that you may not. You see, vitamin K is flying under the radar for most of us. It just doesn’t get the same attention that many of the other vitamins do. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t equally important, because it is.

Vitamin K falls under an umbrella of fat-soluble vitamins that include K, K1, K2, and K3. We can find vitamin K1 in vegetables and K2 can be found in fermented dairy such as yogurt. K3 is a synthetic version. The easiest way to get vitamin K is through our food sources.

Vitamin K is essential for our health as it helps to transport calcium throughout the body, which is vital for bone health. But it’s also an essential nutrient in regulating blood clotting, so without enough Vitamin K, we are at risk of excess bleeding.

The good news is that, most likely, you don’t have to worry about a deficiency. Foods abundant in Vitamin K include, a variety of greens such as spinach, broccoli, lettuce, parsley, and kale, but can also be found in cauliflower, liver, eggs, wheat bran and cheese that make getting enough as easy as eating a balanced diet.

Could You Be at Risk of a Deficiency?

Vitamin K deficiencies are uncommon, but certain situations can cause you to be at risk. Those include:

Excessive alcohol intake
Poor gut health
Malnourishment
Prescriptions that don’t allow Vitamin K to be absorbed
Insufficient diet
Intestinal disorders

Suffering from any of these issues can impact Vitamin K levels making it necessary to include a supplement. Vitamin K may not be the most popular Vitamin in the class, but it is crucial for good health, so be sure you are getting what you need.


REFERENCES

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminK-HealthProfessional/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4600246/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5494092/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4566462/


Maria Pease 

Health & Wellness Writer Bio

Maria Pease is a freelance health & wellness content writer based in Southport, North Carolina. She has written about health & wellness for more than twenty-five years and has partnered with a variety of companies doing the most amazing work. She loves being able to write about health topics that can change lives for the better.