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…
- 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…
These are all in the MK-4 group which is the animal form of K2
- Certain Cheeses
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
- 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.
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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…
bruising – a dark or painful area under the skin caused by injury.
hematosis – a collection of blood outside the blood vessels.
petechiae – red or purple spots on the skin due to broken capillary vessels.
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