Vitamin K

The first thing you need to know about vitamin K is when to avoid it!  Do not take vitamin K if you are on blood thinners.  In fact, there are some foods with vitamin K in them, like green, leafy vegetables, that you should avoid as well.  If you are on blood thinners, and you have not had a talk with your doctor about your dietary restrictions, then it's time to have that conversation with them.

The reason for this is that, among its many benefits, vitamin K is one of the dominoes in the blood clotting process.  For most blood thinners, taking vitamin K at the same time as them is like pouring water on a fire with one hand, and gasoline with the other.

Vitamin K is one of the fat soluble vitamins, just like vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E. The letter 'K' comes from the German word koagulation, since the discovery of vitamin K’s role in blood coagulation occured in Germany. 

Meeting the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of vitamin K is enough to maintain healthy blood clotting. However, higher levels are may provide benefits for both cardiovascular and bone health. These health benefits can be achieved through a diet rich in green, leafy vegetables and fermented products like natto (fermented soybeans), or through supplementation.

Supplemental vitamin K is best taken with oily or fatty foods, such as nuts, eggs, meat, or even a teaspoon of flax seed oil.  Taking vitamin K at the same time as vitamin D has been shown to improve the effectiveness of both.


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