We have reached the end of our A-Z of vitamins. The final Vitamin under the microscope is Vitamin K.
🔍 What is the function of Vitamin K?
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that has three forms: Vitamin K1, K2 and K3. Vitamin K is involved in many bodily functions including:
🩸 Helping to form key proteins that keep the normal coagulation (i.e. helps blood clotting)
🏥 Helping with wound healing
🦴 Helps form and maintain the structure of our bones
🥣 Where does it come from?
We can find Vitamin K in a variety of foods, but some of its main sources include:
🥦 Vitamin K1 – is the most abundant in foods and we can find it mainly in plants including green leafy vegetables – such as broccoli and spinach, vegetable oils and whole grains
🧀 Vitamin K2 – is produced by bacteria and yeast and we can find it mainly in animal products such as meat, cheese and eggs
💊 Vitamin K3 – is the synthetic form of the vitamin and can only be found in supplements
🥄 How much do you need?
The amount of Vitamin K adults aged 19 to 64 need is:
♂️♀️ 1mg a day for each kilogram of body weight for men and women.
⚖️ For example, someone who weighs 65kg would need 65mg a day, while a person who weighs 75kg would need 75mg a day.
🥄 You should be able to get all the Vitamin K you need from your diet. Any Vitamin K your body does not need immediately is stored for future use, so you do not need it in your diet every day.
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