Deficiency of which Vitamin can raise the risk of uncontrolled bleeding?

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:

  1. Vitamin  K1 or Phylloquinone;
  2. Vitamin K2 or Menaquinone;
  3. Vitamin K3 or Menadione

Food Source:

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
  • Strawberries
  • 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?

for :

  • 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.

 

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