About Vitamin K

Signs of Vitamin K Deficiency:

  • Abnormal and/or internal bleeding
  • Easy bruising, appearance of ruptured capillaries, etc.

Health Concerns – What Vitamin K Is Used For:

  • Excessive menstrual bleeding
  • Hemorrhagic disease of newborns
  • Osteoporosis

What Vitamin K Does:

  • Acts as an antiparasitic for intestinal worms
  • Aids in converting glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver
  • Aids in promoting longevity
  • Bone formation and repair
  • Helps prevent cancers that target the inner linings of the organs
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Helps heal broken blood vessels in the eye
  • Helps in cirrhosis and jaundice of the liver
  • Important role in the intestines
  • May increase resistance to infection in children
  • Necessary for blood clotting
  • Necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, the protein in bone tissue on which calcium crystallizes
  • Reduces excessive menstruation

FOOD SOURCES for Vitamin K:

  • Asparagus
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Egg yolks
  • Green peas
  • Green beans
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Liver
  • Oatmeal
  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Safflower oil
  • Sea vegetables
  • Seafood
  • Soybeans
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Turnip greens
  • Watercress
  • Whole wheat

Herb Sources for Vitamin K:

  • Alfalfa
  • Green tea
  • Kelp
  • Nettle
  • Oat straw
  • Shepherd’s purse

Other Sources and Name Brands for Vitamin K:

Thompson brand makes a 100 IU Vitamin K capsule that I use most commonly for perimenopausal women who can’t stop bleeding. I also carry injectable vitamin K as a veterinarian for animals that have gotten in to warfarin, rat poisoning, d-CON, have eaten rodents that have ingested d-CON products, and for pet who have gotten into and eaten birth control pills, blood thinners or coumadin. It is essential that exposed animals be seen by a veterinarian to get this injection (at least to start off) and then give the animal Vitamin K pills until the danger time has passed and the animal is safe from bleeding to death internally.

Cautions & Comments Regarding Vitamin K: 

  • Vitamin K exists in three forms:
  • Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone or phytonactone)
  • Vitamin K2 (a family of substances called menoquinones) occurring naturally and
  • Vitamin K3 (menadione), a synthetic substance
  • Antibiotics interfere with the absorption of vitamin K
  • Do not take large doses of synthetic vitamin K during the last few weeks of pregnancy.  It can result in a toxic reaction in the newborn
  • Megadoses of this vitamin can accumulate in the body and can cause flushing and sweating
  • Vitamin K interferes with the action of some prescription blood thinners.

Dr. Denice Moffat, Naturopath & Medical Intuitive
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