What is vitamin K?
It is a substance that the body, since without it we could bleed to death, it is necessary for good health to form blood clots, bone health and to stop bleeding, among other functions. The good bacteria that live in our intestines also make some vitamin K. Newborns have very small amounts of vitamin K in their bodies. Helps reduce bleeding that can occur anywhere in the body, internal or external.
What benefits does vitamin K provide?
- Reduces the risk of osteoporosis: It is important to consume this vitamin to have healthy bones, since according to studies this vitamin improves bone strength and bone health while reducing the chances of breaking or fracturing a bone.
- It allows to have a healthy blood clotting: This is one of the most well-known functions of the vitamin since it ensures that our body does not bleed internally and externally without the help of this vitamin any injury could be fatal.
- Helps fight Cancer: Vitamins K1 and K2 can help eliminate cancer cells, even reduce the risk of cancer, with a scientific study it was discovered that by taking vitamin K there was a 75% reduction in the incidence of cancer.
- Improves memory and brain function: It participates in the metabolism of sphingolipids, a compound found in the cell membranes of the brain that controls our motor and cognitive behavior, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help protect the brain by fighting oxidative stress (free radicals). which can cause Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
What problems occur due to a lack of vitamin K?
The lack of vitamin K in the body can bring many consequences among some of the most visible are the appearance of easy bruising, dark stools, bleeding from the nose or gums, other problems that can be more serious become internal bleeding such as intestines or bone fractures and is so important that newborns should be injected with this vitamin soon after delivery to avoid health problems.
What foods are they in?
We can find it in most green leafy vegetables such as:
- Brussels sprouts.
If you are severely deficient in vitamin K, it is recommended that you visit your GP who can prescribe vitamin supplements that contain high concentrations of this and other vitamins. At XTRALIFE we have a range of products that contain varieties of vitamins, these will help you recover and reach optimal levels in the body again.