When it comes to bones, calcium always grabs the spotlight. But there’s another important nutrient working hard behind the scenes to support bone structure and formation…
Yes, calcium is crucial. But it takes an array of nutrients to properly support bone health, including vitamin K.
The term “vitamin K” actually refers to a family of three fat-soluble compounds, K1 (aka phytometadione, phytonadione or phylloquinone), K2 (menaquinone) and K3 (menadione).
What does vitamin K do?
Within the body, vitamin K supports bone health by allowing bone-building osteoblast cells to bind calcium to bones. Without adequate levels of vitamin K, your bones can’t use calcium efficiently or effectively.
Vitamin K also supports healthy blood vessels, as well as coagulation factors within the blood which help it clot when necessary – to keep that paper cut from bleeding profusely.
How can I get more vitamin K?
The best dietary sources of vitamin K include leafy green veggies such as kale, collard greens, turnip greens and spinach. Vitamin K supplements also provide a convenient way to support your diet – but be sure to talk to your doctor before taking a vitamin K supplement, especially if you’re taking any medications – those who take blood thinners should not take vitamin K.