- Leafy greens like spinach and kale are rich sources of Vitamin K
- Vitamin K can slow down growth of cancer cells
- It is good for your heart health
Are you amongst those who thought that just Vitamin D is important for your bone health? Well, you must know that Vitamin K is another vitamin which plays an important role in the prevention of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis could happen because of many reasons like deficiency in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, lack of physical activity, poor diet, too much acidity and excessive stress to name a few. In his recent live session on Facebook, lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho talks about Vitamin K and the importance of Vitamin K in your overall health, osteoporosis prevention and much more.
Vitamin K health benefits
1. Gut health
Luke informs that Vitamin K is a group of 2 compounds - Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2. Vitamin K1 is derived from plant food sources and some non-vegetarian food sources as well. Vitamin K2 is synthesised in your body and is found in intestinal flora or gut. Poor gut health causes acidity, bloating and constipation. This means that your body is not properly synthesising crucial vitamins in the body.
2. Blood clotting
Vitamin K plays a crucial role in blood clotting. Blood clotting, also known as coagulation, is important to prevent excessive bleeding in case of an injury to the blood vessels.
3. Bone formation
Vitamin K is important for bone formation. Lack of sufficient Vitamin K will prevent sufficient bone formation, thus leading to osteoporosis at an early age. Also, you must know that foods that are rich in Vitamin K are also rich in magnesium.
4. Liver diseases
People who have extremely low fat diets or experience difficulty in fat absorption, and liver diseases are all signs of Vitamin K deficiency.
5. Heart health
Vitamin K is extremely important for your heart health. Hardening of arteries in heart can affect heart health. Vitamin K can help in preventing hardening of arteries in heart. Lack of Vitamin K can harden your arteries, cause blockages, high blood pressure, etc.
6. Slows cancer cell growth
The role of Vitamin K in slowing down growth of cancer cells and tumour cells has been discussed in International Journal of Oncology. It says that Vitamin K can slow down cancer cell growth in lungs, colon, in cases of oral cancer and leukaemia, informs Luke.
7. Alzheimer's disease
Vitamin K can prevent Alzheimer's disease. Leafy greens are rich sources of Vitamin K. Leafy greens are good for brain health and can prevent incidence of Alzheimer's disease.
Vitamin K can improve insulin sensitivity, which can be beneficial for people with diabetes.
Food sources of Vitamin K
8. Turnip greens
9. Beetroot greens
The bottom line is that a balanced diet which includes all major food groups like good fats, complex carbs, fibre, protein and omega-3 fatty acids can help in prevention of the aforementioned conditions.
(Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach - Integrative Medicine)
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