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Vitamin K (Phylloquinone)


DESCRIPTION::Vitamin K can be formed by natural bacteria in the intestines. This is one very good reason to take lactobacillus acidophilus (friendly flora). Vitamin K is needed to blood clotting and may also have a role in bone formation, thereby preventing osteoporosis.      

POTENTIAL BENEFITS:Vitamin K is responsible for blood clotting. It aids in the prevention of internal bleeding, hemmorhages and aids in healing bruises. Vitamin K is vital for normal functioning of the liver, therefore Vitamin K converts glucose to glycogen. Glycogen is stored in the liver.     

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POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS::Large doses can accumulate in the body and cause sweating or flushing.  

POTENTIAL INTERACTION:: When a synthetic Vitamin K is taken in large doses during pregnancy (or the last trimester) it may result in a toxic reaction for the baby. Antibiotics also interfere with the absorption of Vitamin K because it kills the friendly flora in the body that is necessary to make Vitamin K.

GENERAL USAGE: May be taken daily.   


FOOD SOURCES: Vitamin K is found in alfalfa, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, dark green leafy vegetables, egg yolks, liver, oatmeal, oats, rye, safflower, soybeans and wheat.