Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble nutrient necessary for normal blood clotting and for maintaining bone health. Vitamin K is required in only small amounts to perform its important functions in the body. It is not usually recommended as a supplement in large doses, in part because a healthy diet fulfills the vitamin K requirements of most people. Leafy greens (Swiss chard, kale, parsley, Brussels sprouts and spinach), broccoli (cooked), cauliflower, liver, soybean oil and wheat bran are all foods rich in vitamin K. Your intake of vitamin K (from the diet and/or supplements) should be carefully monitored and regulated if you take anticoagulants or blood thinners, as the therapeutic effects of many of these drugs are influenced by vitamin K.

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