Vitamin K is a nutrient that is found both in nature and made in the body. It helps the body with blood clotting, or coagulation. Phylloquinone, the natural form of vitamin A found in alfalfa and other foods, was discovered in Denmark. It is needed to produce PROTHROMBIN, which is necessary for blood clotting and bone formation and repair.
Vitamin K is also necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, the protein in bones and tissue on which calcium crystallizes which then results in the prevention of osteoporosis and may prevent the calcification in the arteries protecting the vascular system.
The liver uses vitamin K to make clotting factors for the blood which is utilized in the intestines and assists the conversion of glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver supporting healthy liver function.
A deficiency in this vitamin can cause internal bleeding.
There are 3 forms of vitamin K:
Deficiency can be caused by:
But most of this vitamin is synthesized by friendly bacteria normally found in the intestines which results by consuming adequate amounts of fibre as well as consuming animal fats.
Tomorrow we will be discussing Vitamin C, then bioflavonoids and then we will investigate B complex and each B vitamin and uses.
Ta ta for now!
*NOTE this post is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Always follow the directions on the labels of supplements and under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
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