Vitamin K: FAQs And Benefits

Vitamin K: FAQs and Benefits

What is vitamin K and what does it do? Vitamin K is a vitamin that is fat-soluble. The K comes from the German word “koaguluation.” Koagulation, or coagulation, refers to blood clotting. Vitamin K is an essential cog in the functioning of several proteins involved in the blood clotting, cell growth, and bone mineralization processes. (1) Vitamin K has two naturally occurring forms. Plants synthesize phylloquinone, which is known as K1. A range of vitamin K forms is synthesized by bacteria, using repeating 5-carbon units via the side chain of the molecule. These forms are known as menaquinone-n (MK-n), where …

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