Why Do We Need Vitamin K?
So lets start off with a bit of science - vitamin K is what is known as a “coagulation vitamin”. This essentially means that it helps the body to form blood clots and prevent abnormal bleeding. Further to the discovery of vitamin K in 1935 however, scientists have found that this vitamin plays a hugely important role in the general health of our bodies and in the prevention of various life limiting diseases.
- Prevention of Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis is a condition whereby the artery walls build up a deposit of calcium, which in turn can restrict the flow of blood to key organs. Vitamin K promotes the production of a powerful protein (called matrix Gla protein) that can inhibit the build up of this calcium. In turn, this can help to really alleviate the symptoms of what can be a seriously dangerous condition, which can ultimately lead to a heart attack or stroke. The body is simply unable to produce this protein without the presence of vitamin K.
- Prevention of Osteoporosis: Once again, the proteins that are stimulated by the presence of vitamin K are vital for the building and maintaining of healthy bones. Those affected by osteoporosis due to old age, poor nutrition, menopause or eating disorders are strongly advised to supplement their diet with vitamin K. Extensive studies have shown that this helps to improve bone mineral content and helps to prevent the leaching of vital calcium from the bones.
- Extensive benefits for those with Diabetes: Studies have shown that those with diabetes have a lesser bone mineral content and are much more likely to suffer from bone fractures etc. Due to the proteins mentioned above, vitamin K can help in much the same way. In addition, diabetics often see an increased sensitivity to insulin when they take vitamin K, while post meal glucose levels tend to be lower. And finally, for those who do not have diabetes, a quantity of vitamins K1 & K2 can significantly reduce your risk of developing the disease.