Vitamin K is important in the production of prothrombin, a substance in the blood that is involved in the formation of blood clots.
- Responsible for maintenance of the circulatory system.
- Helps in the prevention of internal bleeding and hemorrhages.
- Helps heal bruises.
- Essential for the normal functioning of the liver.
Symptoms of Deficiency: Bleeding Disorders
Symptoms of Toxicity: Synthetic vitamin K can damage infant liver; natural vitamin K is not toxic.
Recommended Daily Requirements: 300 to 500 micrograms obtained in diet.
Therapeutic Dosage: 200 to 1,600 micrograms.
Food Sources : Green leafy vegetables, safflower oil, dark molasses, carrot, seaweed, peas, tomatoes, honey, wheat germ, egg yolk, soybeans, sunflower oil, yogurt.