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How Significant Is Vitamin K For Our Health? Is There Any Limit To Its Intake?

By: Shubham Ghosh

Vitamin K is a very essential fat-soluble nutrient for our body, as it helps the clotting of blood and prevent excessive bleeding. Vitamin K, which is not used as a dietary supplement unlike many other vitamins, is essentially a group of compounds like vitamins K1 and K2.

Why Vitamin K Is Important?
If our body has a low level of Vitamin K, it can lead to uncontrolled bleeding in case of an injury. Deficiency of Vitamin K is found more in newborns than adults. It can also be used to counteract the overdose of coumadin - a blood thinner or anti-coagulant.

is vitamin K important for our health

Health Benefits Of Vitamin K:

The major benefits that vitamin K provides to our health are:

• It prevents calcification of arteries that can lead to heart attacks

• It boosts the protein quantity required to maintain calcium in the bone and prevents the risk of osteoporosis. 

• It reduces the risk of various types of cancers like those in prostate, colon, stomach, etc.

is vitamin K important for our health

Deficiency of Vitamin K is not common, but one may be at a high risk if he/she:

• Is suffering from an ailment that harms the absorption in the digestive tract

• Takes medicines that obstruct the absorption of vitamin K

• Lacks nourishment

• Engages in heavy drinking

is vitamin K important for our health

What is the ideal dose of Vitamin K?

• Babies between birth and six months can be given 2 micrograms (mg) a day

• Babies between seven months to a year can be given 2.5 mg a day

• Boys and girls between 14 and 18 years require 75 mg a day

• Women above 19 need 90 mg a day

• Men above 19 require 120 mg a day

Though absorption of Vitamin K has not been associated with any side effect, but just like too much of everything is bad, overdose of Vitamin K can also lead to adverse effects.

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Foods That Provide Vitamin K:

Vitamin K can be obtained from the following food items like,

• Vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and asparagus

• Beans and soyabeans

• Strawberries

is vitamin K important for our health

• Eggs and meat

• Brussel sprouts

• Cucumber

• Prunes 

is vitamin K important for our health

Does Vitamin K Intake Cause Any Harm?
One should not take in Vitamin K supplements, unless it has been prescribed by the doctor. It is important to have a close watch on the eating habits to regulate the amount of Vitamin K that is needed to be consumed. It is also advised not to take Vitamin K supplements, without consulting a specialist.

Read more about: vitamin, nutrients, diet
Story first published: Friday, December 2, 2016, 20:30 [IST]
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