Vitamin K is the unsung vitamin that tends to be back-benched in our daily dose of supplements.Here’s all about this vital vitamin….
WHAT IT DOES :
a) Prevents internal bleeding and haemorrhaging
b) Reduces excessive menstrual flow
c) Is essential for normal functioning of the liver
d) Is involved in energy producing activities of the tissues,particularly of the nervous system
e) Aids, along with vitmain D,synthesis of the bone protein that in turn regulates calcium levels
f) Aids in bone metabolism
Vitamin K is found in abundance in green leafy vegetables like spinach,cabbage,fenugreek,mint,mustard and coriander leaves and to a lesser extent in wheat and oats.
100 gm of turnip greens= 0.65 mg
100 gm of spinach= 0.42 mg
100 gm of cabbage= 0.13 mg
100 gm of broccoli= 0.2 mg
100 gm of lettuce leaves= 0.13 mg
IDEAL DAILY INTAKE:
Men- 0.07-0.14 mg Women- 0.07-.14 mg Kids- 0.035-0.075 mg
Not taking sufficient vitamin K can lead to many problems.Blood may take longer to clot,leading to severe haemorrhages anywhere in the body.It may also decrease bone mineral density,thus increasing the tendency to fracture.