Vitamin K is essential for clotting, bone health, and preventing calcification of your arteries. Most Americans don’t meet even the RDA for Vitamin K
Why do you need Vitamin K?
- Vitamin K was first identified to be essential for normal clotting, otherwise one might bleed to death after a minor cut.
- Over time, we now realize that vitamin K is also essential for bone and artery health. Without vitamin K, bones lose calcium and arteries become stiff and hard as they can’t get rid of calcium from their walls.
How much Vitamin K do you need for your bones and arteries?
- The minimum for proper clotting is around 100 mcg per day (90mcg for women, and 120 mcg for men).
- Yet for your bones and arteries, they function much better with at least 250 mcg of Vitamin K daily, and most experts in this field suggest that for optimum function you get 1,000 mcg daily. If you eat 1 cup of cooked greens, that provides ~1000 mcg of Vitamin K daily, while 1 cup of broccoli, onions, or beets provides about 250 mcg of Vitamin K.
Ten Year Younger product options for Vitamin K:
- -OsteoForce: 250 mcg Vit K/tablet
- -Multivitamin with joint or Multivitamin with arthritis support: 775 mcg Vit K/pack (once daily)
- -Multivitamin with bone support: 1000 mcg with 1 pack taken twice daily
- -Vitamin D 2000 IU daily with 200 mcg Vit K
Do you need to take Vitamin K with Vitamin D?
- There are theoretical concerns that by adding vitamin D, which helps calcium absorption, in a vitamin K deficient person, this will increase arterial calcification. As there is a great deal of scientific merit behind this concern, I think it is critical to meet your vitamin K needs if you take vitamin D.