Vitamin K benefits

Vitamin k is actually a fat soluble vitamin which is very essential of our body. It is found in the colon in the form of an intestinal bacteria made in the colon by intestinal bacteria. This bacterium is made naturally into the colon and from where it is absorbed back into the colon walls and then flows directly into the bloodstreams.

Vitamin K is of two types vitamin K1 and vitamin K2. Vitamin K1 is the natural form of vitamin K and can be found is found in plants and vegetables. Therefore, the best of this types of vitamins can be achieved is from dietary consumption. On the other hand, Vitamin K2 is naturally found in the body in form bacteria. Lastly, Vitamin k3 is the synthetic version of water-soluble preparation is available for adults.

Vitamin K is widely found in vegetables like cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, green cabbage and whole grain cereal. However, it can also found in kelp, egg yolk, and alfalfa. Since vitamin K is a fat-soluble foods tend to become higher in vitamin K as they become less concentrated with water. That is why a paste of tomato have higher amount of Vitamin k than fresh tomatoes.

There are various benefits of vitamin K. First of all it promotes healthy blood clotting, Blood clotting is very essential for body because when the body gets wounded there can be excessive bleeding if there is no proper clotting of blood. On the other hand, when the body is not injured too much blood clotting can harm the body and restrict the normal flow of blood in the body. Therefore, there are essential nutrients in Vitamin k which helps to maintain the proper level of blood clotting.

Vitamin k helps to maintain healthy bones in our body. People who suffer from osteoporosis have very weak bones. Osteoporosis occurs due to a disproportion of the mineral calcium in the bones. Therefore, bones become very weak and thin. So, Vitamin K helps to form a protein in the body which is essential to maintain and build strong health bones. Furthermore, it is also found that women with osteoporosis have low amount of Vitamin K in their bodies compared with healthy women. Lastly, vitamin K can help to bring the bones in their original structure and make the composition of the bones stronger.

Vitamin K also helps in cardiovascular diseases. One reason why cardiovascular diseases occur is due to the presence of calcium in the bones which are very soft. Consequently, if too much of the mineral calcium enters into the bone then they can become very thick and inflexible. The calcium in the arteries is pumped out by a process called carboxylation and the calcium is located where needed most in bones.

It has been found that people who have Alzheimer have an abnormal calcium metabolism in their brains. There are certain glands such as pineal gland may become calcified due to high levels of calcium deposits, resulting in the loss of melatonin and subsequent sleep problems. On the other hand, excessive amount of calcium can also cause kidney stones. Vitamin K helps to regulate and restrict the amount of calcium developed in these organs and keep them healthy.

Vitamin k also helps to prevent autoimmune diseases and slow down the ageing process. There is chemical component in the immune system which is known as interleukin-6. This can cause poisonous reactions in the body. As a result, Vitamin K can regulate excessive elevation of interleukin-6, and thus can help to prevent various autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disease, arthritis and lupus. Sufferers of Alzheimer’s also have high level of interleukin-6 in their brain and Vitamin can also help to regulate this. Lastly, there is link between the amount of interleukin-6 and aging which is why Vitamin k can also act as an anti aging component.

Pregnant women who suffer from nausea and vomiting can take Vitamin k regularly. On the other hand, Vitamin k supplements also help to prevent hemorrhage in newborn babies. When women have menopause there is a reduction of calcium in their body which can be prevented by taking Vitamin k regularly. Lastly, Vitamin k can also help to prevent liver cancer and pancreatic-cancer.

The amount of vitamin K needed varies from person to person. It is advised to avoid to not to consume excessive amount of vitamin K which can cause severe liver problems and jaundice. The most important thing to note down is that there is a necessary amount of Vitamin k already present in the colon and the extra amount needed can be obtained by taking green vegetables. Lastly, Vitamin K supplements should be only taken if a doctor has prescribed them.

Last updated on Jul 29th, 2010 and filed under Vitamins and Minerals. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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