Why Do you Need Vitamin K?
If you have thinned blood you may need to supplement your ordinary diet with Vitamin K rich foods. Vitamin K deficiencies can result in abnormal internal bleeding or bleeds from the body, as well as glucose dysregulation and low bone density.
Many focus on the more well known vitamins such as the B group and C, but can forget about the less well know vitamins such as K. Your natural therapies specialist or nutritionist/dietician can advise you about Vitamin K, but in the meantime, here is a short rundown to help you develop a clearer understanding of this important substance.
Vitamin K is an essential component for your diet and facilitates regular production of prothrombin. It carries out a number of very important functions in the body including
- Blood clotting
- Bone development and formation
- Bone repairing
- Osteocalcin synthesising which is the bone tissue protein connected with proper calcium crystallisation
- Osteoporosis prevention
- Intestinal health
- Glucose to glycogen conversion in the liver
- Optimal liver functioning
- Infection resistance
- Organ strength (helps to maintain inner lining health)
Types of Vitamin K
There are 3 types of Vitamin K. The first 2 are naturally occurring substances:
- Vitamin K1: Also known as phytodanione and is derived from plants and is the source for dietary Vitamin K.
- Vitamin K2: Also known as menaquinones and developed by intestinal bacteria. It is also found in animal products such as cow liver, chicken, butter and egg yolks.
- Vitamin K3: Also known as medicine which is a man-made form of the K Vitamin.
Foods and materials rich in Vitamin K
Vitamin K can be found in a host of foods but must also be synthesised by the stomach’s bacteria to prepare it for use in the body. Some of the foods you can eat to increase your Vitamin K intake includes:
- Green tea
- Brussel sprouts
- Dark green leafy vegetables
- Molasses (Black Strap)
Remember to source Vitamin K in your diet and use it as your natural remedy (dietary) against bone deterioration and thinning blood that causes bruising and even haemorrhaging in worst case scenarios.
Also remember to consult qualified natural health practitioners that can help you with correct dosages and any conflicts with other supplements or additional medications you may be taking.
Have a great day.