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Vitamin K Review

vitamin k

What do you know about vitamin K? Vitamin K is very essential to our bodies and we have to have it. We don’t think about it that much because you never hear of it talked about. Like many vitamins and supplements, we can learn about at livegreaterhealth.com the things that keep our bodies going as we carry on in this life we have been blessed with.

Today as we review vitamin K we are going to learn what it is, what it does for the body, how we get it, and how much we need plus the cost of it.

What we know is that there is more than one type of vitamin k and we are going to discuss all of them.

First off let us find out what vitamin k is…

What is Vitamin k?

Vitamin k is a fat-soluble vitamin with blood clotting abilities for our bodies and is known as the coagulation vitamin.

Wikipedia tells us that Vitamin k is…

 

Vitamin K is a group of fat-soluble vitamins that the body needs for complete synthesis of certain proteins that are used for blood coagulation and which the body also needs for controlling the way that calcium binds to the bones and other tissues. Research shows that deficiency of vitamin K may weaken bones, potentially leading to osteoporosis, and may cause calcification of the arteries and other soft tissues.”

This paragraph gives us the knowledge of what vitamin k is and how it helps the body.

Types of Vitamin K

There is three types of vitamin k – K1, K2, K3

K1 (phylloquinone) natural – Green leafy vegetables such as ( kale, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, spinach, beet greens)

K2 (menaquinone) natural – is produced from bacteria in fermented food (meats, eggs, yogurt, cheeses, and natto).

K3 (menadione) synthetic – this is a synthetic form and is not recommended so we will not discuss this one anymore.

What are the Benefits?

There are many benefits that can be associated with vitamin K.

Some of these benefits are as follows…

We have all heard of Alzheimer’s and this will help decrease the degenerative process of brain cells. Which, in turn…

  • Decreases the chances of getting Alzheimer’s.
  • Cognitive health improvement – by promoting good brain cells.
  • Helps in preventing different CANCERS -by helping decrease the degenerative destruction of brain cells it also promotes the growth of good cells.
  • Helps in preventing Osteoporosis – eating leafy vegetables which are vitamin K enriched helps in preventing bone mineral density.
  • Blood Coagulation – Vitamin K is known as the coagulation vitamin. Helps in promoting blood clotting.
  • Heart Health improvements – it helps keep the calcium deposits in the bones and from sticking to the heart walls.
  • Immune system protection – getting plenty of vitamin K helps in protecting the immune system.

Where do we get Vitamin K?

We can get vitamin K naturally in many foods that we eat or we can take supplement form.

Getting K1 from these foods…

  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Beet greens
  • Turnip greens

These foods we can grow in our own gardens at home with ease.

Getting K2 from certain fermented foods like…

  • Eggs
  • Meats
  • Yogurt
  • Cheeses

These are all in the MK-4 group which is the animal form of K2

  • Certain Cheeses
  • Natto

These are the MK-7 group of K2 which are from bacteria fermentation form.

Getting Vitamin K from supplements…

We can get our K vitamin form pill form called supplements but what we have to state here is that it is synthetically made!!!

This is not like getting it from foods that have it.

OK, now that we see the importance of having vitamin K in our bodies we will talk about the side effects of a little bit…

Vitamin K Side Effects

Are they side effects involved in taking vitamin K?

Well, yes, there are, taking vitamin K in tablet or capsule form has can have side effects for some people that are affected by phytonadione the main ingredient in vitamin K.  Some side effects may be…

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Swelling
  • Paleness
  • Skin yellowing
  • Tightness in the chest

You may not have these because this is usually rare that this will happen but possible.

Like anything that you put in your body for health reasons, you should ask your health-care provider first.

Livegreaterhealth urges you to always consult with a doctor before starting any exercising program.

Vitamin K Deficiency

We know the benefits of vitamin K, now let’s learn about what happens when you don’t get enough of the vitamin in your body.

Vitamin K deficiency can be a big problem what happens to our body when we don’t enough in it?

There might be different reasons why we don’t get enough vitamin K. One might be not getting the right amount from our diet. Eating the right kind of foods with vitamin K in it.

This is not the only reason there might not be enough in your body certain diseases like cystic fibrosis can cause you to be vitamin K deficient.

When we are deficient these may happen…

Uncontrolled bleeding

bruisinga dark or painful area under the skin caused by injury.

hematosisa collection of blood outside the blood vessels.

petechiaered or purple spots on the skin due to broken capillary vessels.

Article Reason

Same as all articles published on this website for the benefit of the reader. We are here to help your health and well-being. Hoping you the best in everything you do to improve your health. Anything that you read here should be for helping and healing whether it be vitamins or supplements or just starting an exercise routine. We are here to help and want you to consult with us when needing anything.

Please don’t hesitate to give us a look when you need to know something. If we don’t have it we will try to get it for you.

Conclusion

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Fred Rexroat

12 Comments

  1. Hi Fred,

    I have heard of vitamin K, but had no idea what it does. According to your review, I eat almost all of the foods you have listed so I think I’m good!

    Thanks to your detailed review, I now know what it is and that I’m getting the proper intake for it naturally.

    I subscribed to your website and am looking forward to reading more.

    Patsy

    • Thank you, Patsy, for the comment. Vitamin k does our body good in many ways we don’t even think about. It is easy to get in our diet with everyday foods. Thanks for subscribing to my website now you can get all the updates that come along so you won’t miss out.

  2. Hi Fred, and thanks for this post.
    This isn’t a vitamin I think about, lol. But it’s good to know why it’s important. Thankfully, I think I get what I need from the foods I eat.
    My bone density tests show thinning though, so I think I’ll ask the doctor about my vitamin K levels.
    Thanks again Fred,
    Suzanne

    • Thanks for the comment, Suanne. Most people don’t think about vitamin K and that’s including me too. Now since I know more about the K vitamin I’m thinking more on how I need it now. Just the way you are now. That’s the reason for this website to bring awareness to our health.

  3. Hey Fred, I write about vitamin K on my website and I feel as though it’s the lost vitamin. There’s always talk about every other vitamin and unless someone is talking about the cereal “Vitamin K” you don’t know much about it.
    But it has a lot of benefits that you listed that most folks aren’t aware of. It’s as important as any other vitamin and more people should be aware of what benefits it provides and the foods you can consume to get it.
    What’s the DRA of vitamin K for each individual?

    • Thanks, Rob for your comment. Yes, it is the forgotten vitamin but even if you talk about to them they still can’t image the benefits of it. The good thing about it is that some people will take advantage of it and that’s worth it all.

  4. Hey Fred,
    Thank you the great information in the article. As someone who is actively trying to eat healthier, information like this is priceless. I also have Alzheimer’s disease in my family as it has affected both of my grandparents to varying degrees. Knowing that this can hep stave that off is a huge help.

    • Thank for the comment, Diego, eating healthy is the place to start for our bodies to feel better almost immediately. Taking the right vitamins and supplements with exercise will help our body for Alzheimer’s.

  5. Hi Fred
    I take Vitamin K from Melaleuca as it has Oligo to help get it into the bloodstream very quickly and I feel great
    Good info here thank you

    • Thanks for the comment, Vicki, I’m glad you found a way to get your vitamin k and hope it is doing good for you. This vitamin should be used just like your other vitamin through food or pill form.

  6. Great post and thank you for bringing this forward! I was supplementing with Vitamin K2 supplements and grass fed butter whenever I could afford it (it’s expensive in Canada).
    I know that it helped me in so many way, and really seemed to help my other supplements (Vitamin D, Magnesium, Krill oil). I think the combination made me better able to absorb UvB rays in summer, so I felt amazing and got a nice tint to my skin without burning, even when out all afternoon in the sun.

    • Thank you for the comment, Irma, and I’m glad to hear you using vitamin K to improve your health. Grass-fed is the best for our health I know that it may be hard to get grass fed sometimes. If we can plan ahead enough we can make that happen by searching our products out and finding the right source. Taking the right supplements should complement each other if not bothered by one. The right amount of sun should give you what you need for your vitamin intake.

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