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Vitamin K and Diet

Friday, 03 Jun 2011 11:48 AM

Our body needs vitamin K for proper blood clotting and maintaining good bone health. The best way to include vitamin K in your diet is eating dark, green, leafy vegetables.

Foods rich in vitamin K such as spinach, collards, radish leaves, mustard greens, and kale can meet our daily requirement of vitamin k and can be used in a diet as salads, broths, purees, or steamed vegetables.

Besides greens, include these vitamin K rich foods in your diet: meats, eggs, and seaweed (kelp). If you prefer vegetarian food, go for Brussels sprouts, asparagus, chard, beans (soybeans), cheese, cow’s milk, and roman lettuce, as these are also rich in vitamin K.

Observe the following recommended dietary allowance for vitamin K: about 80 mg/day for adult men and approx 65 mg/day for women.

While it is not difficult to ensure adequate intake of vitamin K through diet, one may opt for vitamin K supplements. Toxicity concerns related to high intake of vitamin k are not common, but people taking anticoagulants or heart medications must consult their physician regarding the correct dosage and duration of vitamin K supplements.

For more on vitamin K supplements, see below:

What Are the Best Sources of Vitamin K?

What Conditions Vitamin K Helps

Vitamin K: Deficiency Symptoms

5 Signs of Vitamin K Deficiency

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