Consuming vitamin K rich foods can support:
Heart health -
- Improve bone density
- Restore oral health
- Fight cancer
- Reduce infections
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in blood clotting. Vitamin K activates the protein that clots the blood.
It is also needed for the synthesis of bone proteins. A vitamin K deficiency can lead to heart disease, weakened bones, tooth decay and cancer.
Much of the vitamin K in our diets comes from the intestinal bacteria we already have, because of this, your vitamin K levels can depend greatly on the health of your gut.
There are two types of vitamin K we have in our diet, vitamin K1 and vitamin K2. Vitamin K1 is found in vegetables where vitamin K2 also called menaquinone is found in dairy products and produced by the bacteria in your gut.
When looking to supplement or add to your diet, vitamin K2 rich foods have been shown to have greater health benefits than K1.
The RDA of vitamin K is 120 mcg/day for men and 90mcg/day for women. The Daily Value is 80 mcg.