Research from Australia has found that higher vitamin K intakes are linked to a lower risk of bone fractures later in life. [Source: medicalxpress.com]
While best known for the role it plays in blood clotting, vitamin K is also essential for healthy bones, the cardiovascular system and liver, as well as for the kidneys, pancreas, brain, and nervous system. It additionally has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Recent research supports the beneficial effects of vitamin K supplements for insulin sensitivity, glucose metabolism, and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. A study published in 2018 in the journal Scientific Reports further suggests vitamin K may benefit the eyes as well, while other research proposes it may help prevent Alzheimer’s.
Conversely, low vitamin K status has been linked to higher blood pressure and stiffer arteries, as well as to cognitive impairment. Vitamin K status is also known to be lower in hospitalized patients with COVID-19, with reduced levels predictive of higher mortality.
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