Did you know that unlike its other more famous counterparts, the benefits of Vitamin K have often been overlooked? In fact this vitamin is often called the ‘forgotten vitamin’ as it rarely gets any press coverage. But this is going to change. According to the latest research, Vitamin K is one of the most remarkable anti aging agents and demonstrates properties that no other vitamin does.
Here are some interesting facts about Vitamin K
- Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in aiding blood clotting. What this means is that, when your body gets injured, vitamin K begins the healing process by reducing the bleeding and helping it stop.
- It also prevents the hardening of the arteries, which helps prevent heart disease and heart failure.
- Researchers have found that Vitamin K may play a major part in reducing many degenerative diseases.
- Vitamin K helps regulate the flow of calcium to the bones. Thus it helps in improving bone density.
- According to a study published in the September 2003 International Journal of Oncology, treating lung cancer patients with vitamin K2 slowed the growth of cancer cells.
- Sufficient amounts of vitamin K could reduce the susceptibility to stroke and other blood vessel related problems.
- A deficiency of Vitamin K may be a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s disease.
How to improve your consumption of Vitamin K
Asparagus – Rich in Vitamin K
Remember that Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin. This means that in order for your body to absorb Vitamin K, you will need to consume some fat along with it.
Some of the foods which are rich in Vitamin K are:
- Collard Greens
- Olive Oil
- Green Tea
- Liver & Fish liver oils
- Egg yolks
- Blackstrap molasses
Note: If you have experienced a stroke, cardiac arrest or you are prone to blood clotting, do not take vitamin K without first consulting your physician.