Published: June 09, 2017
Vitamin K is involved in the synthesis of bone proteins and it has become popular, in recent years, for this vitamin to be included in supplements which claim to prevent bone loss along with calcium, magnesium and vitamin D.
Supplementation with vitamin K may for bone health may not be necessary as a variety of green leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli, contain more than enough vitamin K in a single 1/2 cup serving to meet your daily requirement.
Vitamin K deficiency can be fatal and too much vitamin K may interfere with certain drugs.
In addition to building bone proteins, what other functions does this vitamin have in your body, how much vitamin K do you need, and what are the best sources of vitamin K?
Vitamin K and its functions
Vitamin K, like vitamins A, D, and E, is a fat soluble vitamin which requires the presence of bile during the digestion process. There are several different vitamin K organic compounds: phylloquinone, menaquinone, menadione, and naphtloquinone.
Phylloquinone is the most abundant form of vitamin K in the North American diet and is the major form in plant foods while animal products provide a mix of menaquinones.
Your gut bacteria synthesise vitamin K in the form of menaquinones and provide you with an "in house" source of vitamin K.
Two functions of vitamin K have been identified: the synthesis of bone proteins and the synthesis of many different proteins associated with blood clotting.
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