Vitamin K

Foods that are high in vitamin K can promote healthy blood clotting, protect your bones from fractures and bone loss, and also helps prevent calcification of the arteries.

Vitamin K is not a single substance. It is actually a group of related substances that fall under the general label “vitamin K.” All forms of vitamin K are considered naphthoquinones. Naphthoquinones are further divided into phyloquinones made by plants, and menaquinones made by bacteria. Despite previous scientific assumptions, we get most of our dietary vitamin K in the form of phylloquinones from plant foods. The menaquinones produced by the bacteria in out intestines comprise a smaller percentage of our dietary intake than previously thought.

Vitamin K is best known for its role in blood clotting. In fact, the “K” in its name originally came from the German word koagulation. However, vitamin K also performs many other important purposes. It provides protection against oxidative damage, proper regulation of inflammatory response, and support of brain and nervous system structure, and many others that are currently being researched.

Although it is relatively ignored by the public, vitamin K provides support for a myriad of necessary bodily functions and should be incorporated into every balanced diet.

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