The Importance of Vitamin K

By Noor Nouaillati, Recent ASU Nutrtion Student

We all know that every nutrient found in a particular food item is very important for our body and health. All the foods we eat from greens to protein is nutritious for our body and mind and soul to keep working and keeping us healthy. Since I have been working at a Cardiologist office, I see patients who come in every week. Warfarin, also known as Coumadin, is a medicine that the doctors prescribe to their patients that are at high risk of forming blood clots. This is a serious issue and when blood clots form it can block the flow of blood to the heart as well as the brain.

As a dietetics’ student, we all know that just because a certain person is super fit, works out and eats great does not necessarily mean that they do not face any health issues and vice versa.

Vitamin K, in this case, plays a major role with warfarin or Coumadin. When you lower your intake of vitamin K you are increasing the chance of creating blood clots. When you are consistent with your vitamin K intake than you are on a great track. Your intake of foods that are rich in vitamin K should be consistent. So for example, if I have 2-3 servings of vitamin K today then I should have the same tomorrow and throughout the whole week.

Here are a couple of foods that are rich in vitamin K:

  • Kale (cooked)
  • Spinach (cooked/raw)
  • Broccoli (cooked/raw)
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados

Do your research, ask around and read more about the value of vitamin K. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call your doctor.

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