what is theVitamin K ?
generic descriptor for compounds with the biologic activity of
phylloquinone; fat-soluble, thermostable compounds found in
alfalfa, pork, liver, fish meal, and vegetable oils, essential for
the formation of normal amounts of prothrombin.
About Vitamin K
Vitamin K is known as the clotting vitamin, because without it
blood would not clot. Some studies suggest that it helps maintain
strong bones in the elderly.
The best way to get the daily requirement of vitamin K is by eating
food sources. Vitamin K is found in the following foods:
Green leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, turnip greens,
collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, parsley, romaine, and green
Vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and
Fish, liver, meat, eggs, and cereals (contain smaller amounts)
Vitamin K is also made by the bacteria that line the
Side Effects of Vitamin K
Vitamin K deficiency is very rare. It occurs when the body can't
properly absorb the vitamin from the intestinal tract. Vitamin K
deficiency can also occur after long-term treatment with
People with vitamin K deficiency are usually more likely to have
bruising and bleeding.
If you take blood thinning drugs (such as
anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs), you may need to limit vitamin K
foods. You should know that vitamin K or foods containing vitamin K
can affect how these drugs work.
It is important for you to keep vitamin K levels in your blood
about the same from day to day. Ask your health care provider how
much vitamin K-containing foods you should eat.
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