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Vitamin K Benefits

The main benefits of vitamin K are in the building of healthy bones and healthy blood coagulation levels, but there are further health benefits that should encourage you to ensure an adequate intake of this essential vitamin.

  1. Blood Coagulation

Vitamin K is essential in the process of carboxylation. This chemical occurrence in our bodies enures that blood from a fresh wound is able to stick to the nearby tissue. This process is what we call blood clotting; and it prevents excessive bleeding.  The benefits of Vitamin K include the prevention of:

  • Heavy nosebleeds
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Easy bruising
  • Haemorrhaging
  • Anaemia
  • Internal Liver Bleeding
  • Nausea in Pregnant Women
  1. Healthy Bones

One of the other main benefits of Vitamin K is the role it plays in keeping our bones healthy. It has two major roles to play in achieving these functions. Vitamin K benefits our bones by blocking the overproduction of bone cells called osteoclasts that can remove minerals from our bones for the purpose of assisting other bodily functions. Without vitamin K our bones can thus become depleted of essential minerals.

The second role it plays is its role in creating a healthy level of bone density. A protein in our bones, called osteocalcin, has to be altered through the process mentioned above, carboxylation, to maintain one’s optimal bone health. With adequate amounts in one’s daily diet, Vitamin K benefits the bone density and the strength of our bones.

Osteoporosis, which is the reduction of bone density, can be overcome by ensuring that one eats the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin K.

  1. Improves the symptoms of the following:
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Gastrointestinal ailments
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  1. Healthy Cardiovascular System

Vitamin K prevents the build up of calcium inside our tissues (other than our bones) by contributing to the process of carboxylation, as described above. This in turn aids the prevention of:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Stroke
  • Atherosclerosis
  1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Vitamin K has been proven to lower the release of the protein that causes inflammation in the body.

  1. Antioxidant Properties

Another benefit of Vitamin K is its ability to protect against cancer by acting as an antioxidant, thus protecting cells from free radical stress.

  1. Healthy Brain Functioning

Vitamin K benefits our brain and nervous system as it is an essential ingredient in the synthesis of sphingolipids, an essential fat, which is required to protect the nerves.

As you can see, Vitamin K benefits many aspects of our health. One should therefore ensure a healthy diet with lots of dark leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, lettuce and cabbage among other foods in one’s diet, to ensure optimal health in all the above mentioned areas.

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