What Conditions Vitamin K Helps

Monday, 31 Jan 2011 11:59 AM

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Vitamin K helps the body in innumerable ways. This fat-soluble vitamin has many crucial functions. Vitamin K maintains the cardiovascular system, promotes growth and development of bones, and aids blood clotting.

With the help of vitamin K, the heart protects itself from the condition of atherosclerosis or tissue calcification. When calcium deposits clog important arteries, they block the circulation of blood. With the help of vitamin K, the heart tries to function as normally as possible by getting the excess calcium thrown out through the body’s excretory systems.

Good digestion is maintained with the help of vitamin K. Cystic fibrosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other medical conditions have a common underlying cause — a deficiency of vitamin K. Vitamin K is supplied to the body mainly through vegetables that contain this essential nutrient. The breakdown of vitamin precursors in these vegetables aids the production and manufacture of the vitamin using the body’s natural biochemical mechanisms and processes.

Cutting-edge research shows that a deficiency of vitamin K occurs in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. In the cosmetic industry, vitamin K is used in a wide array of creams because it helps treat dark circles and skin disorders like hyper pigmentation.

Other research studies show that vitamin K helps protect the liver and spleen from cancer. Its anti-cancer effects are another interesting topic of research that is still in progress. It also helps diabetics and obese people by reducing glucose intolerance and promoting insulin regulation controls in the body. A recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 400 UI of this vitamin is also supposed to delay the development of other maladies like osteoporosis.

Taking too much vitamin K is a bad idea. As this vitamin belongs to the category of fat-soluble vitamins, the body cannot get rid of it as easily as water-soluble vitamins like vitamins B and C. An excess of vitamin K may cause health problems like anemia because the vitamin is responsible for triggering many clotting factors in the blood like prothrombin. Jaundice is another condition developed due to too much vitamin K. Often times, an excess intake of synthetic vitamin K or K3 triggers this disease.

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