Vitamin K

 

Complimentary Nutrients:

Not known.

 

Antagonists:

Mineral oil, radiation. and x-rays, rancid fats, and aspirin. Antibiotics increase the need for vitamin K. While taking antibiotics take acidophilus at bedtime to replace the lost friendly bacteria, so that your vitamin K levels can remain adequate.

 

Health Benefits:

Blood clotting, and liver.

 

Therapeutic Uses:

Preparing women for childbirth, hemorrhaging, bruising, eye hemorrhages, gall stones, and menstrual problems.

 

Vitamin Therapies should be done with the supervision of a qualified health care professional. In the panel on the left, under ailments you can find more information about treatments for some of these conditions. You can also locate therapeutic information on this site by using the search engine below and entering words relating to the ailment you are interested in.

 

Deficiency Indicators:

Miscarriages, nosebleeds, diarrhea, and increased tendency to hemorrhage.

 

Dosage:

RDA

Optimal Health

Therapeutic Amounts

70-140 mcg

100 mcg

200-800 mcg

 

RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) are dosages developed by the FDA. These amounts are designed to prevent deficiency symptoms. For optimal health it is necessary to take a larger dose. The optimal health amounts are for adults and children weighing over 100 lbs. Children under the age of six should be given nutritional formulas designed specifically for young children. The therapeutic amounts to treat special conditions are usually much higher, and should not be taken without the supervision of a qualified health care professional.

 

Be careful not to overdose on Vitamin K because it can become toxic. Unlike  water soluble vitamins, where the body excretes excessive amounts, Vitamin K - a oil soluble vitamin, can accumulate in the body to toxic levels.

 

Because of its ability to clot blood, vitamin K should never be taken without the close supervision of a qualified health care professional. 

 

Sources:

Vitamin K can be found in very small amounts in foods like asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, egg yolks, dark green leafy vegetables, liver, soybeans, wheat germ, safflower oil, blackstrap molasses, and yogurt. Here are some examples.

Food

Amount

MCG

oatmeal

1 cup

180

beef liver

1/4 lb.

100

 

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