All the different vitamins we see everywhere in a day play some sort of vital role in our bodies, otherwise they wouldn’t get a lettered vitamin, right? While we know that vitamin C and vitamin A are both critically important for overall health, as are the multitude of B vitamins and vitamin D, vitamin K gets lost in the confusion a bit, even though food products regularly promote how they’re full of it to the point of bursting. There has to be something to this K vitamin then, right? It’s not just all marketing language? Nope, K is pretty vital as well, so let’s take a quick look and see just how great it can be!
As with all vitamins, there are actually multiple versions of it. Vitamin K1 is the one most vegetarians and vegans will find as it is found primarily in leafy green veggies such as spinach, cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower (yes I know cauliflower isn’t leafy or green, just stay with me here). K2 on the other hand is much more common in dairy products, which isn’t a problem for vegetarians but vegans will find that K2 is harder to get. Still, either form works essentially the same, so as usual, leafy green vegetables are the best.
But more important than where to find it, knowing what it does can help bring understanding and clarity. Vitamin K, for all its semi-obscure glory, is essentially used for blood clotting, meaning that when you bleed, it’s vitamin K that steps in and thickens it up so that any wound clots up and stops bleeding profusely. It’s not a toxic vitamin or anything either, meaning that there is virtually no downside to getting a ton of it, unless you’re taking blood thinners in which case you’re just actively undoing the point of the medication.
Beyond simply clotting blood, it works to actively repair damaged skin cells, for instance in scars and torn skin and the like. Basically, if your skin is separated for one reason or another you can be sure that vitamin K is rushing to start doing some work in one way or another. K is the first defense against a wound causing you to continually bleed to death. If you’re cut, vitamin K stops the blood from flowing out and then seals up the opening. I’d say that’s pretty important, how about you?
You’ll also discover that vitamin K is used in bone formation as it’s the main way to transmit calcium throughout your skeletal frame. Plus, it determines the density and continued growth of bones, which is more why you assume that milk is good for bones. Milk is fine for bones, but it’s the calcium combined with the vitamin K that does all the series work, not the milk itself.
Oh, and arteries, we want those to be in a good health, right? Vitamin K keeps those in good health by preventing them from hardening, which would be the main reason that a heart attack or further complications would arise. So thank you vitamin K, as heart attacks are not on my list of favorite things whatsoever!
It seems pretty clear that vitamin K is important to our daily health then. It keeps the blood flowing only until it needs to stop it, plus it makes bones strong and cuts heal. And yet we forget about it next to the more flashy attention hogging vitamins. Oh well, that’s just the way it goes sometimes.