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Vitamin K

Functions and Mechanisms

  1. Calcium regulation
  2. May be more powerful than Vitamin E and CoEnzyme Q10 in scavenging free radicals
  3. Inhibits both IL-6 and inflammation
  4. Excess vitamin A or E interferes with vitamin K absorption
  5. Works with boron to increase estrogen production.

Treats

  1. [Alzheimer's, blood sugar, clot prevention, osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis...]

Testing:

  1. Osteocalcin in blood

Supplementation:

  1. It's not stored in the body, so there's no known danger of overdose. However high vitamin K intake can interfere with anticoagulant medication [check this].
  2. Forms:
    1. Most active: phytonadione is also known as phylloquinone, or K1. This is the one to take
    2. K2, menaquinones, are produced by bacteria in the intestinal tract.
      • Menaquinone-4 is also known as menatetrenone
    3. K3 (synthetic) menadione, is dangerous.

For more information:

  1. Sandy Simmons on vitamin K - like me, this woman has done a lot of research to understand her condition, Connective Tissue Disorder. Her page on vitamin K focuses on deficiency, but has a lot of information and links. No references.

Last updated 19 October 2004