Did You Know Vitamin K Is Your Lifeline?
- Juhi Kumari
Updated : January 20, 2022 05:01 IST
Vitamin K is a group of compounds that can be obtained by eating leafy green veggies, meat, eggs, cheese, milk, fermented soy, etc.
Imagine a scenario where a simple cut in your hand is leading to constant bleeding. What would happen then? Death! That’s what can happen to people who are vitamin K deficient. And, this kind of rare disorder is called hemophilia.
How Is Vitamin K Linked To Hemophilia?
Human blood contains clotting-causing proteins that require vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 for production. Clotting factors prevent excessive internal and external bleeding. Being vitamin k deficient means your body is unable to produce these proteins and your risk of dying owing to excessive bleeding is high.
How To Increase Levels Of vitamin K In The Body?
Vitamin K is a group of compounds that can be obtained by eating leafy green veggies, meat, eggs, cheese, milk, fermented soy, etc. Some other food sources of this essential nutrient include avocado, cabbage, tomatoes, blueberries, cashew, hazelnut, grapes, Brussel sprout, etc.
Women who are 18 or above should have at least 90 micrograms of vitamin K per day. However, men who are above 18 need to have approximately 120 micrograms of this nutrient every day.
Who All Are At Risk Of Vitamin K Deficiency?
Deficiency of vitamin K is rare but can occur if you have active celiac disease or Crohn’s disease. Also, if you are on drugs that can affect your vitamin absorption, you are likely to have a low level of vitamin K. Moreover, alcoholics are also at increased risk of this condition.
Health Benefits Of Vitamin K
Vitamin K prevents the accumulation of minerals in your arteries and reduces your risk of suffering from heart disease. It also keeps your blood pressure under control. Also, vitamin K improves your memory. If you are at increased risk of osteoporosis, you should eat vitamin K-containing food items as doing so helps in improving bone density, reduces the risk of fracture, and makes your bones stronger.