Vitamin K

Even among the micro nutrients there are those that are far less spoken of. Vitaminfood natural and vegan meal replacement shakes contain all the 27 essential vitamins and minerals. Some like Vitamins A, B, C and D are way better known and more discussed than Vitamins E and K.

Why some are treated like kings over the others is uncertain but it is definitely not because of the roles they play. Vitamin K is so central to our human existence that without it, we would be wiped out. If you haven’t bled in your entire life, then you must be working some kind of miracle that the rest of us are yet to know about. Injuries are part and parcel of our lives, some very trivial and some very huge resulting in different amounts of blood loss. Nonetheless, it is clotting that keeps us alive and we owe our gratitude to vitamin K.

Vitamin K is one such vitamin that keeps us alive and unlike the others whose effects result in a slow miserable death, a deficiency in vitamin K can result in an acute death in case of an accident. Make sure you stock enough of this one using Vitaminfood.

It exists in two forms: Vitamin K1 (pylloquinone) and K2.

K1 is derived from plant sources especially the green leafy veggies. Vitaminfood has enough of this vitamin K1 as we use only plant sources for production of meal replacement powders. This is also the ready to use form of the vitamin and will directly correct deficiencies.

K2 on the other hand is the kind found within animal tissue. It is more of a storage form and is not readily usable by the body. Any excess is converted to K2 for storage. It is also the form which colonic bacteria produces though in small amounts; not sufficient to sustain the bodies’ demand.

The human body also recycles a lot of this fat-soluble vitamin for reuse in the body in enabling the various functions to be performed effectively. Here are some of the benefits of using Vitaminfood sugar-free products for Vitamin K supply:

  1. Blood clotting

This is the primary and most essential use of Vitamin K in the body. The process of blood clotting begins with a protein clotting factor called prothrombin. Prothrombin initiates the process of clot formation. It is like the starter of a car that determines whether an ignition will be successful or not. Without it nothing goes on.

Vitamin K is a prerequisite to the formation of this important clotting factor. It is a cofactor in the reaction yielding this protein molecules.

This also results in a negative interaction with blood thinners which are designed to reduce and at times inactivate the coagulation factors in blood.

  1. Promotes bone health

Vitamin K promotes healthy bone metabolism and by so doing also prevents osteoporosis. In recent studies, healthy vitamin K amounts in blood samples of participants showed a correlation to healthy bone health and a deficiency also linked to unhealthy and undesirable conditions. It helps maintain strong bones, improve bone density, reduce risk of fractures and even aid in full recovery of fractures.

Vitamin K also promotes bone health by activating bone matrix protein, osteocalcin, and osteoblasts. Production of osteocalcin is Vitamin-K dependent and so without it the bone calcium content is compromised. These two work in coordination for bone growth and development by synthesizing the structural components and bone maintenance.

  1. Prevents calcification of tissues

Calcification is the process of deposition of calcium within an organ in the body. When this happens in the bones, it is a desirable state. Bones really are made up of calcium so it just adds to their structure, the strength and bone density. It also builds the calcium reserves.

When it occurs in other body tissues and other softer organs, it causes them to harden. This could be because of an excess or a chemical imbalance within the body or within that organ. Hardening of kidneys, liver, lungs and blood vessels causes great strife in their functioning and their efficiency is reduced. The size of their vessels, tubes and canals is reduced affecting the rate of flow of fluids like blood within these organs that all handle the largest volumes of blood continuously.

They become stiffer and less responsive to neurogenic control and given the kind of tasks they perform, waste products and toxins quickly start accumulating in the body starting a destructive chain that could be very easily avoided.

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  2. Promotes heart health

By maintaining the normal diameter of blood vessels, the pressure and smooth flow is maintained. This flow maintains the most common cardiac issues including hypertension and reduces the risk of stroke.

Deficiency

A deficiency in Vitamin K is rare especially in adults. In infants, a Vitamin K shot is often given as the first nutrient after birth to support healthy blood clotting more so within the skull that is not fully developed.

If a deficiency occurs, it is characterized by excessive bleeding. The clotting time is greatly increased and excessive hemorrhage even for small wounds is easily observable. Other symptoms include:

  • Paleness
  • Being easily bruised
  • Yellowing of the skin
  • Stool in blood because of possible internal hemorrhage
  • Tiredness and sleepiness which arises from the loss of blood and hence other components like hemoglobin involved in oxygen transfer.
  • A combination of these factors is a good indicator of a possible deficiency or near deficiency state.

 

References:

  1. https://www.today.com/health/vitamin-k-t185900
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/219867#risks
  3. https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-K
  4. https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/vitamin-k-at-birth
  5. https://patient.info/doctor/vitamin-k-deficiency
  6. https://xacademic.oup.com/advances/article/3/2/182/4557941
  7. https://www.intechopen.com/books/vitamin-k2-vital-for-health-and-wellbeing/anti-inflammatory-actions-of-vitamin-k