Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Vitamin K, A Great Multi Purpose Vitamin

By Fran Mullens

Vitamin K is necessary for synthesis of osteocalcin or the protein in found in bone tissue. This vitamin is also required for the production of prothrombin. This is needed for blood clotting. It also may prevent osteoporosis, a disease of the bone which leads to the increase of bone fracture. If someone is deficient in this nutrient they may suffer from internal bleeding or abnormal bleeding, possibly both.

Vitamin K aids in supporting long life. It aids in converting glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver which promotes healthy liver function. This nutrient plays a vital role in the body's intestines. This vitamin is believed to aid in the prevention of cancers that aim at the inner linings of the organs. This nutrient also may increase resistance to infection in children.

When used together, vitamin K and vitamin C, have been shown effective for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. A study conducted showed ninety one percent of participants in the study had complete remission within seventy two hours when these vitamins were used together. When the vitamins were administered alone the result showed little effect.

Vitamin K is necessary in the production of a molecule that is a powerful inhibitor of kidney stone formation. That may explain the lower incidence of kidney stones for individuals who are vegetarians.

The nutrient gets into the body mainly by synthesis. The body synthesizes it by "friendly" bacteria normally present in healthy intestines. Vitamin K can be found in some foods and herbs. Asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, liver, rye, soybeans and wheat all contain this vitamin. Other foods include blackstrap molasses, Brussels sprout, cauliflower, egg yolks, oatmeal, and safflower oil. This vitamin can be found in these herbs; alfalfa, kelp, oat straw, and shepherd's purse. Other herbs containing the nutrient are green tea and nettle.

Antobiotics can interfere with the body's ability to absorb vitamin K. Antibiotics also increase the need to supplement the vitamin for one's body. Antibiotics kill bacteria and this vitamin is synthesized by bacteria in our intestines, when we take antibiotics it interferes with this procedure.

Large doses of synthetic vitamin K should not be taken during the last few weeks of pregnancy, because it can lead to a toxic reaction in newborns. In fact, too much vitamin K should not be taken by anyone, because mega-doses of the vitamin can accumulate in the body and cause sweating and flushing.

Vitamin K is an essential vitamin and is included in a good multi vitamin. At you can find information that can help you learn more about how Vitamin K and other supplements can help improve your health.

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