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Emergency Supplies: Are you Getting Enough Vitamin K?

By Terrance Franklin

In the early twentieth century, a Danish scientist named Henrik Dam was studying the results of diet on livestock, specifically chickens and their chicks. While reducing the level of cholesterol in the diet of the chickens, he detected an increased tendency for bleeding to go on rampantly. However, when he reintroduced the cholesterol, the consequences were not corrected. There was something taking place which allowed these chickens to clot. At the same time, infants around the world were struggling with the same disorders, with hemorrhaging problems claiming life soon after birth. What was happening?

Why Vitamin K is part of your crucial emergency supplies

After joining forces with Edward Doisy of St. Louis University, Dam could segregate the element which was responsible for helping the chicks to stop bleeding. He called it Koagulationsvitamin for its significance in coagulation, which has ever since been shortened to Vitamin K. Since the breakthrough, it has entered medicine as injections, that must be routinely given to newborns and those who experience extreme bleeding issues.

These days, nutritional shortage of vitamin K is uncommon. However there are numerous conditions in which vitamin k absorption is reduced or clotting is decreased. In addition, vitamin K performs an essential part in bone health; Glakay, an anti-osteoporosis medication used in Japan, is basically a kind of vitamin K.

Various forms, several sources

Vitamin K is available in two kinds in nature, K1 and K2. Like some of the other vitamins we have reviewed, they signify the varieties available in plants (K1 or phylloquinone) as well as animals (K2 or menaquinone). K2 indicates an improved track record of preventing bone loss, although K1 has been proven to avoid bone damage among seniors too. Within the body, K1 can be changed into K2 at about 90%.

The ideal way to supplement K vitamins, in home and in the field

K1 is present in green leafy vegetables, darker green implies more vitamin content. Kale has among the best content available. Vitamin K2 is found in animal sources, particularly fatty ones. Liver, cheese, butter and eggs are some of the best sources available.

Because of the conversion ratio, the form of vitamin K is not really a factor. However preppers aiming to live on a diet plan of stored grain must be cautious to diversify their diet plan. Maybe foraging for local edible herbs such as Chris Nyerges or raising livestock like David Sarti would allow somebody to supplement. If bugging out, man made varieties of K2 may be used as well - K2 is often referred to as MK4 in vitamin form. It doesn't matter what variety you take, Vitamin K must be considered. Bleeding and bone breakage are two things that might be common in a post-apocalyptic world - so know your vitamins!

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