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Vitamin of The Week: Vitamin K

Filed Under: Vitamins and Minerals at 7:18 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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Is Vitamin K and Potassium the same thing?

This question intrigues many people, particularly when they go to a health food store. Yes, it’s very confusing because a lot of people do not remember enough from their chemistry classes.

Vitamin K is a substance that promotes proper bone formation and the clotting of the blood. Vitamin K, also known as Phylloquinone, helps the body transportation of calcium fortifying bones and preventing related issues.

In addition, Vitamin K is used by doctors when treating an overdose of the drug warfarin. Doctors prescribe vitamin K to prevent excessive bleeding in people taking warfarin but requiring surgery.

Potassium is a mineral, a chemical element with the period symbol “K”. Potassium is an essential mineral needed to regulate water balance, levels of acidity, blood pressure, and neuromuscular function. This mineral also plays a critical role in the transmission of electrical impulses in the heart

So, answering the question, no, they are two different things.

Studies have showed that the majority of people do not ingest the necessary amount of vitamin K. What can you do to increase the daily intake?

Easy answer. Eat more veggies!

Vegetables are a great source of vitamin K, including spinach, kale, collards and broccoli. Canola, soybean and olive oil have also high levels of vitamin K. An interesting aspect about vegetables and vitamin K: the greener the plant is, the higher is the amount of vitamin K found.  Studies show the human body can absorb more vitamin K from oils than from vegetables.

Keep vitamin K in mind if you are looking for bone support products or overall strong bones.

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