Vitamin K is
K is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it is absorbed most
effectively when ingested with dietary fat. It is best known
for its role in helping blood clot properly after an injury.
Vitamin K is helpful in this situation because it is
responsible for making clotting factors in the liver.
Vitamin K also plays an important role in bone health.
contain a significant amount of vitamin K include beef
liver, green tea, turnip greens, broccoli, kale, spinach,
cabbage, asparagus, and dark green lettuce. Chlorophyll,
which is water soluble, is the substance in plants that
gives them their green color and provides
Vitamin K Deficiencies
deficiency is rare because gut bacteria can produce enough
of this vitamin, even if dietary intake is low. Vitamin K
deficiency can lead to excessive bleeding which may begin as
oozing from the gums or nose. Echymoses (bleeding below the
skin) and excessive bruising may also be symptoms of vitamin