Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin. This is categorised with Vitamins A, D and E. There are 3 kinds of Vitamin K. Vitamin K1, Phylloquinone. Vitamin K1, Menaquinone and Vitamin B3, Menadione. The scientific name for Vitamins K1 and K2 is 2-Methyl-3-Hydroxy-1, 4-Naphthoquinone. Vitamin K was discovered in 1929 by Danish Scientist Henrik Dam.
Vitamin K2 contains a number of structures known as MK 1-9. The number following MK simply refers the length of the carbon chain extending from the Quinone Ring Structure. Vitamin K2 is the form we are able to make ourselves through the work of our healthy gut bacteria. Vitamin K1 is found in food. Particularly in foods that have undergone photosynthesis i.e. herbs, kale, spinach, lettuce etc.
There is no official guideline for how much Vitamin K we should consume but it is thought to be around 1mcg for every kilo of body weight. For…
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