Vitamin K's Role in Health and Wellness
October 02, 2023
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin like vitamins A, D, and E. There are two forms of vitamin K found in nature. K1 is found in plants like leafy greens and K2 is created in the intestines by several types of bacteria. Also, the bacteria in the gut can synthesize K1 into K2 which accounts for about 10% of the body’s vitamin K.
Vitamin K functions predominantly in the role of blood clotting. In the last decade, however, it has been shown to have an important role in bone health and preventing osteoporosis. Vitamin K helps produce osteocalcin, a protein that helps create healthy bone tissue. Vitamin K works with vitamin D to help calcium get into the bones to assist in proper bone development.
Vitamin K deficiency is rare because gut bacteria produce vitamin K. However, if someone is taking an anticoagulant medication, this may produce a deficiency. Also, long-term antibiotic use may cause a deficiency. For a generally healthy adult, 90-120 micrograms per day is considered adequate intake.
Here are a few foods high in vitamin K. Also, to help the gut produce vitamin K, consume foods high in prebiotics and probiotics to enhance the growth of healthy gut bacteria:
- Egg yolks
- Green tea
To ensure you have optimum levels of vitamin K — plus many other vitamins, minerals, and important nutrients — contact FitLife today to schedule micronutrient testing.
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