Vitamin K is used in your body to prevent excessive bleeding by clotting your blood. It also aids in building strong bones and preventing heart disease. Vitamin K is made up of a group of compounds and the two important parts are K1 and K2. K1 is found in leafy greens and other veggies, which later goes to your liver. K2 is a group of compounds that is made naturally by your gastrointestinal tract, which then goes to your blood vessel walls and bones. (via WebMD)
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Vitamin K deficiencies are rare in adults, but it’s common to give newborn infants a vitamin K shot. Some health problems associated with vitamin K deficiencies are cardiovascular disease, tooth decay, osteoporosis, brain health problems and various types of cancer.
You might be at risk for a vitamin K deficiency if:
- You are eating a poor or restricted diet
- You have Crohn’s disease, celiac disease and other conditions that interfere with nutrient absorption
- You have liver disease
- You are taking drugs like antibiotics, cholesterol drugs and aspirin
Vitamin K has also been found to help protect your heart and prevent osteoporosis as well as cancer. You can also find Vitamin K naturally in different types of foods. It’s found in veggies like spinach, asparagus and broccoli. It’s also in beans, soybeans, eggs, meats and strawberries!
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