Vitamin K

Vitamin K is an important vitamin in that it helps to synthesize proteins to clot your blood. Without this important vitamin platelets cannot be formed to clot the blood, and we would bleed without stopping with every cut and bruise. People on anti clotting medications for their heart need to be careful with the consumption of this vitamin. Your doctor will be your best resource in this area of your health.

• Class of Vitamin: Fat Soluble (what that means is how the vitamin is absorbed and carried through the blood stream)

• What it does: synthesis of blood clotting proteins and bone proteins

• Good Sources: cabbage, spinach, soybeans, cauliflower, canola oil, salad greens

• What happens if you consume too much of it: opposes the effects of anti clotting medications

• How much is too much: The DRI Committee has not set a level for too much Vitamin K, however pregnant women and infants can suffer from a toxicity level of synthetic vitamin K if too much is consumed.

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: hemorrhage, abnormal bone formation

• Daily Requirement Intake: Men= 120 ug/day **

Women= 90 ug/day

**ug = micrograms

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.