Why Vitamin K Is Necessary to Include in Your Diet?

Vitamin K is an important vitamin for our health, as the name “K” is derived from the German word “koagulation” its fat-soluble vitamins found in foods and supplements. It’s a blood-clotting vitamin as it is the vitamin that helps you in healing with your wounds and cuts on the skin, another role of vitamin K in maintaining the health of your bones.

Vitamin K

Apart from blood clotting, bone and heart health is also maintained by vitamin K. Vitamin K is a group of a compound divided into 2 groups:

  1. Vitamin K1” PHYLLOQUINONE”
  2. Vitamin K2 “MANAQUINONE”

Vitamin K1 is found mainly in plant-sourced foods like dark leafy green veggies as it is directly involved in photosynthesis on other side vitamin K is found in animal-sourced foods, or in plant foods such as in Natto.

The Advantages of Vitamin K in Treating the Health Problems are

1. Bleeding problems

It is effective for Preventing bleeding problems. In newborns when bleeding is not going to stop, by giving vitamin K by mouth (orally) or by injecting into the muscle can prevent bleeding in newborns.

2. VKCFD

Vitamin K dependent clotting factor deficiency: Having vitamin K orally or by injecting intravenously helps to prevent bleeding in individuals with VKCFD, as it’s an inherited disorder.

3. Low level of Prothrombin

Prothrombin is a blood-clotting protein, people having a deficiency of prothrombin protein are recommended to have vitamin K orally or intravenously.

4. Affective in Warfarin Overdose

Warfarin which is an anticoagulant drug when its use is exceeded in a person, at that situation vitamin K is recommended given orally or intravenously both are the right way to use.

5. Osteoporosis

Vitamin K helps in the bone health of postmenopausal women.

6. Cancer

Vitamin K helps in cancer to slow down the process of tumor growth.

7. Cardiovascular Health

Vitamin K also helps in avoiding cardiovascular diseases.

Foods Which are Having a large quantity of Vitamin K are

1. Soybean Oil

Soybean oil is rich in a common form of vitamin K1 “phylloquinone” and canola oil is also one of the best providers of vitamin K. A tablespoon of soybean oil has 25 micrograms of vitamin K and the same amount of canola oil is having 10 micrograms of vitamin K

Methods for Using it

Just simply use it as your daily intake with vegetables or other cooking, but the best way to have it for more benefit is to take it raw 1 teaspoonful in the morning for a week is recommended, if necessary, just consult your physician for further prolonged usage.

2. Carrot Juice

It is also one of the best sources of vitamin K. 28 micrograms are in a full glass of carrot juice. Pomegranate juice is also one of the best sources of vitamin K as it provides 19 micrograms of vitamin K.

Methods for Using it

Just take it daily whenever you like, twice a day is recommended.

3. Spinach

Spinach is also a good source of vitamin K, try to have an intake of spinach on a daily basis as it will help you in getting more quantity of vitamin K.

Methods for Using it

Just cook it along with your meals you can take it as much as you can consume it easily.

4. Kale

It is a green leafy vegetable of many good uses for your health, vitamin K is found in this veggie in abundance.

Methods for Using it

Consume it as much as you like to consume as per your requirement, but it’s preferred to take it raw in the salad is one of the good options of having it.

5. Collard Greens

Is one of the best nutrient-rich veggie which has minerals and vitamins in abundance grown in mostly America, Brazil, and Kashmir. It is one of the best veggies for vitamin K, it can also be used in salad or by a cook in your meals but, if taken raw it helps you in getting more benefits of having vitamin K in it.

Methods for Using it

Consume it raw for best results. Have it before meals one to two bowls are enough for good intake of vitamin K.

6. Broccoli

It is said to have a dose of vitamin K in it besides vitamin K, it has other nutrients as well which helps one to get a healthy diet and best intake of nutrient-rich intake in only one veggie.

7. Lettuce

It is known as a most renowned source of vitamin K due to its properties, mostly found in American households for its nutrients values, if you include it in your diet it can help you in abundance for getting vitamin K.

Methods for Using it

Simply use it in salad as raw or cooked. Lettuce is also preferred for eating if your purpose is to get vitamin K.

8. Edamame

Mostly used in East Asian cuisines as salads or by cooking in meals they are one of the medium of having non supplemented source of Vitamin K.

9. Turnip Greens

They are very high in Calcium as well as their vitamin K content is also appreciated, along with your vitamin K intake it helps in strengthening of your bones also.

Methods for Using it

Have it raw or cooked it is your choice, as much as you need it.

10. Brussels Sprout

Rich in vitamin K, it’s one of the best sources for vitamin K. Its leafy veggie of cabbage family you can have it for its minerals and vitamins rich contents in your diet.

Methods for Using it

Use in cooking or you can have it raw also. Preferred in salads is the best option for a healthy diet. As it’s rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and including some quantity of protein also in it.

Vitamin K deficiency if you diagnosed it within time, then you have to remove this problem without hesitation as its deficiency can lead you to bleeding disorders as it is mandatory for coagulation of blood and its helpful for bone strength also. So in this article, we try our best to give you the tips for having vitamin K from the home remedies and easily available sources of vitamin K and all information regarding vitamin K.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) is an expert ayurvedic doctor based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda - Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company.

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