K vitamins are a group of fat soluble molecules that play an important role in blood clotting, inflammation control, bone health, and protein synthesis.
Vitamin K maintains bone health by assisting with transportation of calcium throughout the body. Vitamin K1 is found in leafy greens while vitamin K2 is primarily found in meat and dairy products. Most forms of dietary vitamin K are easily stored or eliminated by your body, but prolonged, high doses of the form found in supplements can build up and cause health problems.
Vitamin K deficiency can lead to heart disease, weakened bones, tooth decay and cancer. Though uncommon, vitamin K deficiency can be the result of inhibited absorption in people whose diets are very high in calcium and vitamin E.
Several genes contribute to the breakdown and absorption of vitamin K in your body, resulting in varying vitamin K levels.
- The VKORC1 gene allows your body to convert dietary vitamin K into a usable form, which is then used to help clot blood and stop bleeding after an injury.
- GGCX also helps to facilitate the conversion of vitamin K into a usable form.
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