Vitamin K for blood health

Since it’s green week, I felt it was appropriate to cover a vitamin found in leafy greens. Vitamin K is important because it allows for:

  • blood clotting
  • protects bones from fractures
  • prevents postmenopausal bone loss
  • prevents artery calcification (hardening)
  • protects against liver and prostate cancer.

Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting. Clotting is what is needed to close wounds and prevent excessive bleeding on such things as a simple cut. Vitamin K keeps blood clotting ability at the exact right level. Research is currently going on to determines vitamin K’s roles in:

  • protection against oxidative damage
  • proper regulation inflammatory response
  • support of brain and nervous system structures

  Most of our dietary vitamin K comes in the form of phylloquinoes from plant foods (90% dietary vitamin come in this form and over half from vegetables; especially green leafy vegetables).  Excellent sources of vitamin K include:

  • spinach
  • Brussels sprouts
  • swiss chard
  • green beans
  • asparagus
  • broccoli
  • kale

 Vitamin K- another reason to eat a leafy green salad!

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