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Vitamin K

Alternate Names : Menadione, Phylloquinone, Menaquinones

Vitamin K | Functions and Sources

What food source is the nutrient found in?

Vitamin K can be found in the following foods:

  • collards, kale, and other green leafy vegetables
  • members of the cabbage family including broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts
  • liver
  • cheese
  • milk
  • egg yolk
  • some fruits
  • Intestinal bacteria produce some vitamin K in the body.

    How does the nutrient affect the body?

    Vitamin K makes several proteins that help blood to clot when bleeding. It also makes other proteins for blood, bones, and kidneys. Along with vitamins A and D, vitamin K is important for strong bone development.

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    Vitamin K: Overview & Description


    Author: Clare Armstrong, MS, RD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/29/02

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