What is Vitamin K?
Vitamin K is one of the most important vitamin’s that you have never heard of before. It is one of the 24 essential vitamins necessary to sustain a happy and healthy lifestyle.
It’s name comes from the German word Koagulation, because it was discovered in Germany that Vitamin K’s primary purpose was to help support health blood coagulation.
(It helps your body heal from cuts/wounds.)
Along with helping to coagulate your blood, Vitamin K also plays a vital role in helping promote healthy bones and a healthy heart.
There are two different types of Vitamin K, Vitamin K1 & Vitamin K2. They vary in their absorption rates and what food sources you can get them from.
Generally speaking, Vitamin K1 is obtained from plants such as Kale and the body has a very hard time absorbing it.
Vitamin K2 on the other hand typically comes from meat, cheese, and fermented foods and boasts a lot higher absorption rate than vitamin K1.
Vitamin K2 is the version of Vitamin K that you want to eat to be effective.
What does Vitamin K do?
The primary purpose of Vitamin K is to activate proteins and facilitate functions that help serve important roles in the body related to blood clotting, bone health and heart health.
One of the most important functions is to help support healthy blood coagulation. It helps your body form blood clots when you get a cut or wound. People who have insufficient vitamin K in their blood run a risk of not being able to heal properly from cuts.
Vitamin K is also known to help protect overall cardiovascular health. Ot does this by reducing the calcification (build up of calcium) in the blood which reduces the stiffening of arteries and reduces the risk of cardiovascular-related issues.
Vitamin K is known to activate a protein called Osteocalcin. When osteocalcin is activated it begins carrying calcium and minerals into bones and teeth. This then helps to boost the strength, size, and structure of your bones and teeth.
By activating another protein called matrix-GLA, vitamin K helps to prevent the calcification of elastin on the skin. What this means is that vitamin k helps to boost the firmness and elasticity of the skin. By boosting those it helps to prevent wrinkles and saggy skin.
What are the benefits of Vitamin K?
- Activates important proteins across the body
- Supports healthy blood coagulation
- Supports a healthy cardiovascular system
- Helps to prevent plaque build up in arteries
- Helps to strengthen and fortify bones & teeth
- Helps to prevent wrinkles and reverse skin-related aging
How To Use Vitamin K?
Vitamin K should be taken along with fatty acids as it is a fat-soluble vitamin. Meaning if you are supplementing with vitamin K you should eat a meal containing fat or consume it with a capsule containing fat for it to be effective.
Minimum dosage of Vitamin K ranges from 30 – 50 mcg per day, with a maximum dosage of Vitamin K being 1,000 mcg.
Vitamin K can be found in fermented foods such as natto, matcha tea, and green vegetables.
Vitamin K Side Effects?
As one of the essential vitamins, there is almost no negative side effects for supplementing your diet with Vitamin K 1 & 2.
Vitamin K3 however appears to be toxic in rats when it is hyper saturated such a consuming 25mg/kg or more of body weight.