While many people are more or less familiarized with the most common vitamins, not everyone knows what Vitamin K is or what his benefits in relation with the human body are. There are 3 types of Vitamin K: K1, K2 and K3, each of them having different effects and roles. K1 is the type of Vitamin K that is especially found in green vegetables and plants, because plants need this vitamin in order to perform the photosynthesis. K2 is actually born out of some decaying processes between K1 and K3. These processes involve bacteria and microorganisms resulted from fermentation and in almost all cases this fermentation process is what turns K1 into K2. The third Vitamin K, K3, is still insufficiently investigated so its effects inside the human body are still largely unknown. The fact is that this vitamin is known to be highly effective in reducing the symptoms in some aggravated diseases and medical conditions and, given the fact that almost all people record a certain level of deficiency related to this vitamin, it is what makes some to even take it as a symptom fader in some cases. This does not mean that this specific vitamin should be used as a remedy alternative, but rather as a food supplement, aiming to strengthen your organism and provide meaningful benefits.
There are a lot of sources for Vitamin K, both vegetable and animal sources and some may be more Vitamin K enriched than others. Vitamin K types K1 and K2 are included into separate categories. K1 can only be found in plant foods, especially dark leafy greens, whereas K2 can be found in large amounts in all types of meat, eggs, fish, fermented plant foods and fermented animal foods. But when considering this vitamin as a whole, we need to mention additional food sources, because there are lots to be considered:
- Chili Peppers
- Bok Choy
- Swiss Chard
- Turnip Greens
As you can tell, this is by no means an exhaustive list, because Vitamin K can be detected in a lot more foods than that. This table should serve as a guide. Also, as a general fact, Vitamin K seems to be almost impervious to any type of food processing as it will only decrease in quality very little, regardless of the cooking method that you will be adopting. It is also resilient when considering storing the food for longer periods of time.
You would not have expected this, but it seems like, in the US alone, the large majority of the adults only get 75% to 80% of the daily Vitamin K recommended dose. This is a minor however a minor deficiency, though and there are other cases that can be linked to medicine consumption that can interfere with Vitamin K assimilation by your organism. The most common symptoms related to this vitamin’s deficiency include a liver malfunction.
People who are not that familiarized with Vitamin K now have the chance of finding out about some of its most important benefits. There are some diseases and affections that Vitamin K is actually very efficient in reducing the symptoms in and assist the healing process in every way possible. These medical conditions are:
- Coronary artery disease
- Blood clotting disorders
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Celiac disease
- Liver disease
- Cystic fibrosis
The fact that Vitamin K is so efficient in these affections is what makes it an important tool in fighting these aggressive medical conditions.
This is where the good part takes in. It seems like it has never been reported not even one single person to have experienced Vitamin K intoxication which is why the exaggerated intake appears to be free from harm. There have been studies where subjects were even given 500 times the recommended Vitamin K dose and there have been observed no side effects whatsoever and this is the reason why there is no upper intake limit that you should be worried about. The only thing that actually influences the way Vitamin K is assimilated in your body is when some people are on various medicine known to influence the Vitamin K activity. So if you are following any medical treatment, you should consult your health specialists if you have any concerns.
There are no special applications when it comes to consuming this type of vitamin aside from various supplements for those experiencing poor assimilation potential. You can even take Vitamin K as a part-remedy in the cases of some serious affections, some of which we have already mentioned.