Vitamin K is essential for our body. It is associated with such an important process as blood clotting. In addition, Vitamin K is responsible for dental health, bone formation, liver function, and wound healing. What foods contain this valuable vitamin?
Microscopic molecules in our liver cells trigger the prothrombin synthesis mechanism, which ensures normal blood clotting. If this process did not work, any tiny scratch would bleed endlessly, and a person (or an animal) would die from blood loss. To perform such a necessary task, there is a special vitamin in nature – K.
The importance of vitamin K for health
The latest medical research states that vitamin K can be considered a chemical compound on which longevity depends. In natural conditions, it is very little.
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Processes in the body in which vitamin K is involved:
- blood clotting,
- healing wounds,
- accumulation of carbohydrates,
- bone formation,
- dental health,
- liver function.
How much vitamin K does the body need?
And with an extremely small intake, the body, if necessary, provides the synthesis of the required volume of prothrombin. However, with the modern lifestyle, the lack of prothrombin is steadily growing and threatens to reach an alarming rate when, in combination with this, there are intestinal pathologies, diarrhea, a failure of fat metabolism and excessive use of drugs. Newborn babies may be deficient in vitamin K in breast milk and inadequate absorption of fats.
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Meat contains very little vitamin K. For example, 1 kg of this product may contain only 10 millionth of a gram. What can not be said about the liver, which contains a large percentage of this biological substance. But here, too, one can observe significant fluctuations associated with what the animals were fed with. While sunflower oil contains a tiny amount of vitamin K, soybean and olive oil are extremely rich in it. According to the concentration of vitamin K, cabbage and parsley “overtake” them, in 1 kg of which there are approximately 0.005 grams of the specified vitamin.
The maximum concentration of vitamin K is found in the following foods:
- green leafy vegetables,
- egg yolk,
- fish fat.
A balanced diet, which certainly includes the aforementioned products, guarantees a normal intake of vitamin K in the body. In addition, this vitamin is produced in the intestines… Old fat, an excess of medications, a polluted atmosphere, preservatives in industrial foods destroy vitamin K, inhibit its absorption and contribute to the removal of this key vitamin from the body.
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