Vitamin K

Vitamin K

Clotting cascade pathways

Beyond its primary role in coagulation, vitamin K has other important roles, in particular bone metabolism. Currently, dietary recommendations for vitamin K do not consider its secondary roles in the body and as such subclinical deficiencies such as bone loss exist in otherwise healthy individuals. This level of vitamin K deficiency can remain undetected because individuals will not necessarily present with excessive bleeding, the most acknowledged symptom of vitamin K deficiency.

Vitamin K: Essential for bone health

Vitamin K: Essential for bone health

Carboxylation of proteins

While it has built a strong reputation for its role in blood coagulation, research is showing that vitamin K also plays a critical role in bone health. But the importance of this secondary role is somewhat overshadowed by its primary function to which many associate vitamin K with and nothing else