Good Food Good Health – Vitamin K

We all know how important eating a well balanced diet is, to maintain a healthy array of all the vitamins that are essential for the body to go about doing it's tireless work, day in day out, yet we all seem mystified when we become run down or ill, from either having been living off fad diets or instant food full of preservatives and additives. If you want to live healthy and fit then you can also buy organic sea moss capsules via

I look at our 'good food good health' slogan as a way of life, we are what we eat, so if you want your body to run smoothly we need to eat nutritiously – well you would not run your Porsche on two stroke fuel and expect a smooth ride or optimum power, heaven forbid, your body works exactly the same although obviously you can change your car every few years, to date medical science is not quite up to that yet!!

Vitamin K is not one of the better-known vitamins, although it plays a crucial role in our well being. Until recently it was thought that it was only beneficial in helping blood clot, now if you ask me that is pretty important as we do not want to bleed to death.

Vitamin K has two main forms- phylloquinine (vitamin K1), which is also known as phytonadione and menaquinones (vitamin K2).

Phylloquinine K1 makes up 90 per cent of the vitamin k in a typical diet and is found in leafy green vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, spinach and broccoli etc and also vegetable oils.

Menaquinones can also be obtained in the diet from different products such as meat, cheese and fermented foods.

Our bodies naturally produce Vitamin K from food in the small intestine by bacteria, but there is no way of telling how much this provides us of our daily needs.

Studies have shown that Vitamin K is now known to assist the body significantly in many ways and is being hailed as a natural wonder drug.

K1 and K2 play major roles in bone health, by empowering secondary modification of the protein osteocalcin that is required to bind calcium to bone matrix. It also produces GLA -'glue' like amino acid that helps keep calcium in the bones. So for postmenopausal women vitamin K is important for helping to keep osteoporosis at bay, as studies have shown that by taking a supplement of 45mg of vitamin K daily for 3 years bone density actually improved.