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VITAMIN K


THE BREAKDOWN
  • Key factor in stopping hemorrhages
  • Maintains proper kidney function


IN THE BODY
Fats and bile are a must to have in the gut when absorbing Vitamin K.


WITHDRAWALS
Although not common in adults, there are deficiencies in those who suffer from liver or food absorption disorders. If you are bleeding or bruising, you could be suffering from a lack of Vitamin K intake. Infants who were born prematurely often have Vitamin K deficiency.


NATURAL FORMS
Natural forms of Vitamin K can be found in green plants vegetables, some dairy, and in some oils. The bacteria stored in your gut can also produce vitamin K.


DAILY DOSE
  • Women : 65 mcg
  • Men : 80 mcg
  • During pregnancy : 65 mcg
  • During breast feeding : 65 mcg

OVER DOSAGE
Although not common, too much vitamin K has been known to cause anemia. There are some schools that believe that there is a link between Vitamin K deficiencies during adolescence and cancer.


FIGHTING AGENTS
Having an X-ray, the intakes of oils and cholestyramine and anticonvulsants can limit the Vitamin K taken in by the body. The overuse of antibiotics can also prevent it from getting through.


SUPPLEMENTS
Stopping bleeding and treating osteoporosis are the leading uses for Vitamin K supplements.


WARNINGS
If you are taking Warfarin, be careful of the supplements you take. Please consult a doctor if you are taking this drug.



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