Vitamin K isn’t as popularly known as other vitamins, but K1 is found in green vegetables and the vitamin helps maintain a healthy blood clotting system. Vitamin K has been nicknamed the “forgotten vitamin” since at least 2001.
Other vitamin nicknames include “Anti-Infective Vitamin” (Vitamin A), “Anti-Sterility Vitamin” (Vitamin E), “Anti-Stress Vitamin” (Vitamin B5), “Memory Vitamin” (Choline), “Morale Vitamin” (Vitamin B1), “Vitamin of Memory” (Vitamin B1), “Sunshine Vitamin” (Vitamin D) and “Woman’s Vitamin” (Vitamin B6).
Wikipedia: Vitamin K
Vitamin K is a group of structurally similar, fat-soluble vitamins that are needed for the posttranslational modification of certain proteins required for blood coagulation and in metabolic pathways in bone and other tissue. They are 2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone (3-) derivatives. This group of vitamins includes two natural vitamers: vitamin K1 and vitamin K2. The three basic forms of Vitamin K are K1, K2, and K3.
Vitamin K1, also known as phylloquinone or phytomenadione (also called phytonadione), is synthesized by plants, and is found in highest amounts in green leafy vegetables because it is directly involved in photosynthesis.
Vitamin K was identified in 1929 by Danish scientist Henrik Dam when he investigated the role of cholesterol by feeding chickens a cholesterol-depleted diet. After several weeks, the animals developed hemorrhages and started bleeding. These defects could not be restored by adding purified cholesterol to the diet. It appeared that—together with the cholesterol—a second compound had been extracted from the food, and this compound was called the coagulation vitamin. The new vitamin received the letter K because the initial discoveries were reported in a German journal, in which it was designated as Koagulationsvitamin.
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Vitamin K - The Forgotten Vitamin
Friday, December 05, 2008
Vitamin K , sometimes called The Forgotten Vitamin, is a critical requirement in our daily diet. And did you know that without vitamin K our bodies cannot use calcium?
Vitamin K is a biomolecule and refers to a group of hydrophobic vitamins that are essential for the processing of certain proteins.
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It can be found in meats and fermented products, such as cheese and natto, which is an ancient Japanese food – a fermented soybean food. However, not many people readily eat fermented foods, and when vitamin K1 is consumed through green, leafy vegetables, studies have suggested that just about 10-15 percent get absorbed.
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Vitamin K exists in two basic forms, K1 and K2:
Vitamin K1: Found in green vegetables, K1 goes directly to your liver and helps you maintain a healthy blood clotting system. (This is the kind of K that infants need to help prevent a serious bleeding disorder.)
Vitamin K2: Bacteria produce this type of vitamin K. It is present in high quantities in your gut, but unfortunately is not absorbed from there and passes out in your stool. K2 goes straight to vessel walls, bones, and tissues other than your liver.