A study of 766 otherwise healthy adolescents showed that those who consumed the least vitamin K1- found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil – were at 3.3 times greater risk for an unhealthy enlargement of the major pumping chamber of their heart, according to the study published in The Journal of Nutrition.
A fat-soluble vitamin that is well-known for its function in blood clotting, the two naturally occurring forms of vitamin K are phylloquinone (vitamin K1) and menaquinones (vitamin K2). Vitamin K1 is synthesized by plants and is the main form consumed in the diet, while vitamin K2 can be synthesized by human intestinal microflora and is also found in fermented foods and animal products.
For optimum heart health however, vitamin K alone is not enough. Instead, even in situations where multiple risk factors are present, a specific combination of supplementary micronutrients including vitamin C, lysine, proline, and others is necessary as it has been scientifically proven to simultaneously affect several biological mechanisms associated with heart problems.
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