“K” was derived from the German word which means “koagulation”. Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin that primarily functions in helping blood clot (coagulate), and plays a role in bone health.
Vitamin K can be found in foods such as green leafy vegetables. It is unusual to have vitamin K deficiency since the bacteria that is in your intestines can make vitamin K. People that takes antibiotics and who are already low in vitamin K will most likely have vitamin K deficiency. Lack of vitamin K leads to excessive bleeding. Conditions such as liver disease, biliary or gall bladder disease, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis; taking anti-coagulants such as Coumadin or warfarin; and having severe burns can lead to Vitamin K deficiency.
An expanded comprehension of the part of vitamin K in the body other than blood coagulation drove a few specialists to propose that the suggested dose for dietary intake of vitamin K be increased. In the year 2001, The National Institute of Medicine, Food, and Nutrition Board somewhat increased their suggested dose of vitamin K, yet declined to make larger increases. They clarified there wasn't sufficient experimental confirmation to make larger increases in the suggested dose of vitamin K.
Prevents excessive bleeding in newborns: Administering vitamin K1 via orally or through injection can prevent bleeding in newborns.
Prevents excessive bleeding in people with low prothrombin levels: Taking vitamin K1 orally or injecting it into the vein can treat and prevent bleeding problems in individuals with low levels of prothrombin because of utilizing certain medications.
Reversing the effects of anti-coagulants (warfarin): Taking vitamin K1 orally or by injecting it into the vein can neutralize an excessive amount of anticoagulation brought on by warfarin. In any