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Heart Disease Linked to Vitamin K Deficiency

Thursday, January 11, 2018 16:35
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January 12th, 2018

By Mae Chan

Guest writer for Wake Up World

There is a strong link between poor vitamin K status and cardiovascular mortality, say researchers who warn that around a third of people may be deficient.

Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries — it regulates normal blood clotting. In addition, by assisting the transport of calcium throughout the body, Vitamin K is also helpful for bone health: it may reduce bone loss, and decrease risk of bone fractures. Vitamin K2 is known as a procoagulant and may also be useful for atherosclerosis and heart disease. When brain cells do not have enough energy, they begin to die off, disrupting signals and causing movement impediments.

At-risk groups for deficiency are those subject to decreased production of K2 by normal intestinal microbiota, as seen in broad spectrum antibiotic use. Taking broad-spectrum antibiotics can reduce vitamin K production in the gut by nearly 74% in people compared with those not taking these antibiotics. Diets low in vitamin K also decrease the body’s vitamin K concentration.

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