Vitamin K: Sources, Consequences of Deficiency

Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting process and to maintain healthy and strong bones. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble and can be made in large intestine. So, it is not necessary to eat the foods containing vitamin K daily in the diet. The deficiency leads to over bleeding causing anemia, bruising and bleeding of the nose and gums.

Sources of Vitamin K are spinach, kale, collards, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, okra, cucumber, lettuce, plums, eggs, herbs, dark leafy greens, prunes, butter, beans, soybeans, strawberries etc.

Vitamin K can also be obtained from supplements recommended by a doctor and shouldn’t be consumed in higher doses as it leads to allergic reactions and stomach upset. Anything good can lead to harm if consumed excessively.

Vitamin K deficiency is rare, barring a few exceptions, people who drink excessive alcohol, people who suffer from Crohn’s disease, those who take drugs which react with vitamin K. To these people doctor suggests to take vitamin K supplements in different forms: tablets, capsules or pills.

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Updated: December 18, 2013 — 11:58 pm
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