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, Decon, have eaten rodents that have ingested Decon 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.