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Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin that helps the body to transport calcium which help with proper bone formation and blood clotting.

Vitamin K is routinely given to most babies soon after birth as a small number are born with a deficiency which can lead to life threatening bleeding known as VKDB - vitamin K deficiency bleeding.

Vitamin K as a letterA deficiency of Vitamin K is rare as it is only needed in small quantities and it should be possible to get this from a well balanced diet. Bacteria in the human bowel also produces Vitamin K so it can be got this way too. As it is a fat soluble vitamin any that is not required by the body is stored in the liver for use in the future. For this reason it is not needed daily.

Why take Vitamin K?

People with Coeliac disease may benefit from taking a supplement that contains Vitamin K as their bodies are unable to absorb nutrients efficiently.

Vitamin K supplementation may also help with osteoparosis as it is used by the body for bone formation.

If you are currently taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions please consult your doctor or consultant, to seek advice before taking any vitamins or supplements.