Among the alphabet of vitamins that exist, few people are aware of the vital role that vitamin K plays in overall health. However, as new research continues to emerge, nutrition experts are recommending that more individuals increase their intake of this vital nutrient.
Vitamin K is central to digestive health. It plays an important role in the absorption of other key vitamins and miners such as fatty acids, which have been shown to support heart health, and calcium, which is critical to bone health, according to research from Oregon State University.
Ann Carey Tobin, registered family physician in Albany, N.Y., recently wrote an article in the Times-Union about the benefit of Vitamin K. She said that, by increasing digestive health and the absorption of other key nutrients, the vitamin could help seniors support their bone health as they age.
Oregon State researchers say that deficiencies of vitamin K may be rare, but that individuals can reduce their chances of experiencing low levels by eating more dark green, leafy vegetables or taking nutritional supplements.