About 40% of all people have a vitamin K deficiency. Most of them do not realise they have it. The risk of heart and artery disease becomes greater because of vitamin K deficiency. This is because the arteries lose their elasticity because of vitamin K shortage.
Vitamin K or phylloquinone is an important prerequisite for blood coagulation. With too little vitamin K the blood doesn’t coagulate as it should and bleeding will happen more often and longer. There are also more and more indications that vitamin K plays an important part in the forming of bones. We get the most vitamin K from our diet. Foods rich in vitamin K are: eggs, dairy products, meat, grains, leafy vegetables and fruit.
Read the next page to find out more about the causes and symptoms of vitamin K deficiency.