Fight Osteoporosis By Eating Foods With Vitamin K
by: Lee Dobbins  
We don’t hear about Vitamin K too often, but it is vital for good bone density as well as
proper clotting of the blood. This is a fat soluble vitamin which is absorbed into the fat
tissues and stored to be used by the body as needed. It is produced in the intestines and
it’s production can be greatly helped by the presence of good bacteria whose growth is
encouraged by eating yogurt with active cultures. It also needs dietary fat in order to be
absorbed, but most people who maintain a healthy diet will be getting plenty of that!

Since vitamin K has a large role in the formation and repair of bones, some claim that
eating food rich in this vitamin may help in the fight against osteoporosis. Natural foods
that are rich in vitamin K are also rich in other vitamins, minerals and enzymes so adding
plenty of them to your diet will be helpful to your overall health. However, if you are
currently on anticoagulant drugs such as coumadin, you should consult your physician
before taking any supplements or eating foods that are rich in vitamin K as this vitamin
helps to clot blood and blocks the actions of these drugs.

Some common foods that are rich in vitamin K include:

Spinach
Kale
Cabbage
Lettuce
Broccoli
Green Beans
Cucumber
Peas
Asparagus
Apples
Peaches
Banana
Tomato
Carrot
Potato
Oats
While vitamin K is contained in most multi vitamin supplements, it is important to be
aware that taking it in conjunction with some other vitamins and foods can cause it to
become less effective. This vitamin will become less effective if it is frozen or rancid
fats, excessive sugar, asprin or antibiotics are present in the diet. Diets high in vitamin E
or calcium as well as nuts, fruits, spices and mints can hinder the absorption of vitamin
K.

A vitamin K deficiency is very rare in normal conditions but could include nose bleeds,
internal bleeding, bruising easily, anemia and certain birth defects.

Vitamin K Toxicity from normal eating habits is rare but can occur if you go overboard
when taking supplements. Symptoms include flushing, and sweats. In severe causes
jaundice and anemia can also be a symptom of too much of this vitamin.



About The Author


Lee Dobbins is editor of – Vitamin and Herbs Guide
For Natural Health where you can learn more about vitamins, herbs and health. Find out
more about vitamin K.

This article was posted on March 28, 2005



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