Vitamin K

Vitamin K has several important functions. For example, it is needed for blood clotting, which means it helps wounds heal properly.

Good sources of vitamin K

Vitamin K is found in:

  • green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach
  • vegetable oils
  • cereals

Small amounts can also be found in meat and dairy foods.

As well as getting vitamin K from food, you can also get it from your own body as it is produced by bacteria in the bowel.

How much vitamin K you need

Adults need roughly 0.001mg a day of vitamin K for each kilogram of their body weight.

For example, someone who weighs 65kg would need 0.065mg a day of vitamin K, while a person who weighs 75kg would need 0.075mg a day.

You should be able to get all the vitamin K you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.

Any vitamin K that your body does not need immediately is stored in the liver for future use, so you do not need it in your diet every day.

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