Vitamin K is used in the body to control blood clotting and is essential for synthesizing prothrombin a precursor to the liver protein, Thrombin that controls the clotting. In the intestines it also assists in converting glucose to glycogen, this can then be stored in the liver. There are some indications that Vitamin K is also involved in bone formation and repair and may decrease the incidence or severity of osteoporosis and slow bone loss.
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin. A fat-soluble vitamin dissolves and remains in the fatty tissues of the body, reducing the need to ingest large quantities. As such symptoms from a defiency in fat-soluble vitamins may not be apparent for years. They should not be consumed in excess unless under strict medical supervision since toxic reactions from fat-soluble vitamins occur at a smaller percentage of the RDA than water-soluble vitamins.
Vitamin K RDA
There is no RDA for vitamin K instead there is the Adequate Intake for Vitamin K
children 1-3 yrs 30 μg
children 4-8 yrs 55 μg
children 9-13 yrs 60 μg
Males 14-18 yrs 75 μg
Males 19-70+ yrs 120 μg
Females 14-18 yrs 75 μg
Females 19-70+ yrs 90 μg
Pregnancy 19-50 yrs 90 μg
Lactation 19-50 yrs 90 μg
For further information on nutrients RDA see our complete list for recommended dietary allowance.
Good sources of Vitamin K (Phylloquinone):
leafy vegetables, cheese, liver, asparagus, coffee, bacon, green tea, beans,
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Different forms or alternative names for Vitamin K (Phylloquinone):phylloquinone
Importance of Vitamin K (Phylloquinone):
promotes blood clotting
improves bone density and bone strength
Deficiency of Vitamin K (Phylloquinone) may cause:
excessive bleeding (hemorrhage)