All of us need Vitamin K. If you are taking omega 3, eating fish, have thinning bones, diabetes, IBS, Celiac or Crohns disease, heart problems or if anyone in your near family has been diagnosed with with heart problems, and if you are post-menopausal. People who are eating a high amount of fat in their diet, it could be omega 3, omega 6 or omega 9, the type is of no concern, just that the increased fat intake increases the person's requirement for vitamin K and E.
Vitamin K helps in thinning the blood improving its flow. It has also been found to be helpful to the people suffering from varicose veins or spider veins. People taking medicines to thin their blood are advised against taking vitamin K as it could cause the blood to thin too much allowing them to loose too much blood if injured.
Have you ever wondered why the doctors advise to take it with a meal? If you take vitamin K, A, D or E when not eating a meal, you will get no benefit for taking them . They need to be taken with fat. Taking them with pop will not get you any benefit. You need to have some fat. Just add a little butter or olive oil to what you are eating and the fat is taken care of. So if your prescription advises you to take the medicine with a meal, please do take it that way. We don't want to take pills that aren't being absorbed and benefiting us as they are meant to be.
You can find vitamin K in dark green leafy vegetables and in soybean oil. It is a soluble vitamin, not potassium as so often the symbol K as denoted on the periodic table. K1 one is found in plants while K2 is found in animals. K2 is also produced in our stomachs. It is made by good bacteria. Overuse of antibiotics has caused us to not be able to produce vitamin K2. Probiotics like acidophilus help restore our ability to produce enough vitamin K2 in our stomach. Although we can produce it ourselves, and not taking antibiotics can enhance its production, there is still some doubt that we are making enough of it on our own for the health of our arteries and bones. Supplements play a very important role. At this time, it is not easy to find vitamin K supplements.
The daily recommended dosage of of vitamin K is 90mcg. We should be careful about adding too much vitamin E to the diet. Excessive Vitamin E in the diet can have a negative reaction, and possibly weaken the benefits of vitamin K. If you are taking vitamin E, be sure to not take too high of an amount, 200 – 400 IU per day should be enough.
If you are currently taking any type of prescription medicines, you should always consult your doctor before adding any type of vitamin or over the counter medicines to your diet. They could change the way your prescription is meant to work possibly causing some bad side effects.