After a certain age we all begin to pay close attention to certain health indicators that could be warning signs of ailments. It is very important to contact competent doctors, but equally important is to take care of nutrition and pay attention to any changes we encounter in our body.
While some problems that arise with age may be caused by familiarity, in some others there may be vitamin deficiencies.
Today, for this very reason, we will see why, if we suffer from osteoporosis and bone problems, we could have a deficiency of this fundamental vitamin. Let’s find out what it is.
13 essential nutrients for optimal health
In humans, there are 13 vitamins, of which 4 are fat-soluble and 9 are water-soluble. Vitamins are not easily stored and for this reason it is important to take them daily with our diet.
If we all know about vitamin C and its benefits, that B12 and how important it is to supplement for following a vegan diet, other vitamins are less talked about. For example, few people know about vitamin K and why it is so important.
Also known as naphthoquinone, it is a fat-soluble vitamin, which is stored in the liver. Once stored, the body releases it into the body in small doses when needed.
What is it for?
But what is vitamin K for? It plays a fundamental role in blood coagulation and allows the functionality of the proteins that allow the formation and health of bones.
Vitamin K is found in plant-based foods such as tomatoes, spinach and kale and is also present in animal liver.
If we suffer from osteoporosis and bone problems we may have a deficiency of this essential vitamin
A balanced diet allows us to get the right amount of vitamin K, or 14 grams per day. As a result of intestinal pathologies or prolonged antibiotic treatments, a deficiency of this essential substance may occur. This deficiency would affect the health of our bones causing osteoporosis and arthrosis, which could then favor real bone fractures.
In particular, linked to bone health is a form called vitamin K2 or menaquinone, present in fermented foods such as butter and cheeses. There are also supplements of this specific type of vitamin K on the market.
If we experience these symptoms, we may think that a deficiency of this nutrient is occurring, and we should act accordingly, always following the directions of doctors.
(We remind you to carefully read the warnings regarding this article, which can be consulted WHO”)