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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin K?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin with significant health influence that many don’t get enough of. Your body stores very little of it, so it’s rapidly depleted without regular dietary intake. Common drugs such as statins and antibiotics can also deplete vitamin K
  • Vitamin K1 is derived from green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli and cabbage, and is best known for the role it plays in blood clotting
  • Vitamin K2 plays a primary role in bone and heart health. Inside your body, vitamin K2 is synthesized by certain bacteria in your gut. The vitamin K2 MK-4 is found in animal products such as meat, eggs, liver and dairy, while MK-7 is found in fermented foods such as sauerkraut, certain cheeses and natto
  • Recent research shows older individuals with low vitamin K1 status are more likely to have mobility problems and disability than those with higher levels
  • Vitamin K2 inhibits arterial calcification and improves arterial flexibility, thereby reducing your risk of a cardiovascular event (such as a heart attack) or death. It’s also important for the prevention of osteoporosis

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin with significant health influence that many don’t get enough of. Your body stores very little of it, so it’s rapidly depleted without regular dietary intake. Common drugs can also deplete vitamin K, making elevated intake even more important.

There are many vitamin K-dependent proteins in your body, which are involved in things like blood coagulation, bone metabolism and mineralization of your blood vessels. As you’d suspect, that means vitamin K plays a particularly important role in the prevention of bleeding disorders, osteoporosis and heart disease.


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