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Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin.
Vitamin K has 2 forms, K1, and K2,
It is advised to that take vitamin K cautiously, not too little or not too much.

K1 is found in organic foods- like in green leafy vegetables, Vitamin K1 is generally the preferred form of vitamin K because it is less toxic, works faster, is stronger and works better for certain conditions.
While K2 is found in animal products, but it’s also produced by bacteria in our gut, so it’s not essential to get it from our diet.
Certain antibiotics may interfere with vitamin K levels. This is typically only a concern if you have been on antibiotics for a long time, more than several weeks.
Vitamin K where “K” is the abbreviation of the German word “Koagulation ”


VITAMIN K is Naphthoquinone derivatives and it has a long side Isoprenoid chain.

History informs us that-
1929 – Henrick Dam – isolation of Vitamin K1 (phytonadione)–(Noble Prize, 1943 ) 1939 – Edward Doisy – isolation of vitamin K2 (menaquinone)–(Noble Prize 1943 )

Around the globe- in terms of health benefits, its a very important and notable discovery by these scholars.

Properties of Vitamin K:

Anti hemorrhagic factor {coagulation vitamin K }
With Low Melting point
Optically active
Thermostable
Labile for light and alkali
Absorbs UV light
Synthesis by intestinal bacteria

Benefits Of Vitamin K


Reduces the clotting of blood.
Reduces menstrual pain
Reduces excessive menstrual flow
Preventing osteoporosis
Prevents internal bleeding
Relieves nausea during pregnancy
Prevents hemorrhaging in babies
Prevents biliary obstruction
Protects the immune system
Prevents cancer

Side-Effects & Cautious steps Before taking


If a person is suffering from renal insufficiency or chronic renal problem, it is advised to consult the doctor before taking these supplements.
High dosage of vitamin K can worsen blood clotting problems, for those who suffer liver complaints.
Vitamin K1 may lower blood sugar levels, so it is advised that sugar level should carefully monitor for diabetic patients.


Deficiency Symptoms


Adults are rarely found in a deficit of vitamin K but it may occur in elderly people who take medications that block vitamin K metabolism such as antibiotics, or in those with conditions that cause malabsorption of food and nutrients.
A deficiency is also possible in newborn infants because vitamin K does not cross the placenta, and breast milk contains a low amount. The limited amount of blood clotting proteins at birth increases the risk of bleeding in infants if they are not given vitamin K supplements.
The following are the most common signs of a deficiency.
  • A longer time for blood to clot or a prolonged prothrombin time (as measured in a physician’s office)
  • Bleeding
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Osteopenia or osteoporosis

    Choose your diet cautiously, stay healthy and stay safe.

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