Back to Basics- All About Vitamin K

What is Vitamin K?

Vitamin K exists in three forms; K1 is the natural form from plants that is stored in the liver, K2 is formed by intestinal bacteria, and K3 which is a water-soluble synthetic form. Vitamin K requirements are met 50:50 by diet and intestinal bacteria.

Why do we need it?

It is used in the body during the calcification process and it protects the kidneys from the formation of calcium stones. It is also used for the following:

  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
  • Floaters in the eye
  • Fractures
  • Prevention of calcium oxalate kidney stones
  • Bruising

Where do we get it?

We can get a good intake of vitamin K from the following foods:

  • Turnip greens
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Beef liver
  • Lettuce
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Asparagus

How do you know if you could be deficient in it?

There are some signs of vitamin K deficiency including:

  • Common signs of deficiency include:
  • Easy bleeding
  • Hemorrhage
  • Inappropriate bruising
  • Vitamin K deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, due to vitamin K’s role in calcification of bone.

Source: The Nutritional Therapy Association