Benefits Of Vitamin K Supplements
Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin; fat soluble vitamins are absorbed through the intestinal tract with the help of fats (lipids) and are more likely to accumulate in the body and can cause a toxic reaction.
Vitamin K exists in three forms:
- K1 = phylloquinone or phytonactone
- K2 = menoquinones; a family of substances which occur naturally
- K3 = menadione; is a synthetic substance
Vitamin K Food Sources:
Alfalfa, blackstrap molasses, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, dark green leafy vegetables, egg yolks, liver, oatmeal, oats, potatoes, rye, safflower oil, soybeans, spinach, wheat and wheat bran.
Signs of Deficiency:
Usually a vitamin K deficiency is caused by an inability to absorb it rather than not enough of it.
Excessive bleeding, liver damage.
Medical Uses of:
Applied topically, in most cases as a 5% cream, it may diminish
- broken capillaries (spider veins)
- dark under eye circles
- hyper pigmentation
- post-operative bruising from cosmetic injections and surgery
Possible Side Effects And Warnings:
There are no known side effects. However, when synthetic vitamin K(3) is used in large doses during the last few weeks of pregnancy, it may result in a toxic reaction in the newborn.
Mega doses can accumulate and cause flushing and sweating.
Antibiotics interfere with the absorption of this vitamin.
Vitamin K can reduce the effectiveness of anti-clotting drugs.