Deficiency of vitamin K can raise the risk of uncontrolled bleeding.
Vitamin K plays a key role in helping the blood clot, preventing excessive bleeding.
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin.
There are three types of vitamin K:
- Vitamin K1 or Phylloquinone;
- Vitamin K2 or Menaquinone;
- Vitamin K3 or Menadione
Unlike many other vitamins, vitamin K is not typically used as a dietary supplement. Therefore, the best way to fulfil the recommended level of vitamin K is through food sources.
Vitamin K usually found in the following food sources:
- Vegetables like spinach, asparagus, and broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage
- Beans and soybeans
- Fish, liver, meat, eggs, and cereals
Vitamin K is also made by the bacteria in the lower intestinal tract.
Who should take Vitamin K?
- Have a disease that affects absorption in the digestive tract, such as Crohn’s disease or active celiac disease
- Take drugs that interfere with vitamin K absorption
- Are severely malnourished
- Drink alcohol heavily
Vitamin K is also used to counteract an overdose of the blood thinner Coumadin.
Recommended Intake of vitamin K?
- Adult male (19 years and above) – 120 micrograms/day
- Women, pregnant or breastfeeding (19 years -50 years) – 90 micrograms/day
Go to the sources link given below to know the recommended intake of vitamin K for other age groups.