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We all do. If you are taking omega 3, eating fish, have thinning bones, diabetes, IBS, Celiac or Crohns disease, heart problems or if anyone in your near family has been diagnosed with with heart problems, and if you are post-menopausal. People who are eating a high amount of fat in their diet, it could be omega 3, omega 6 or omega 9, the type is of no concern, just that the increased fat intake increases the person's requirement for vitamin K and E.Vitamin K helps in thinning the blood improving its flow. It has also been found to be helpful for people suffering from varicose veins or spider veins. People taking medicines to thin their blood are advised against taking vitamin K as it could cause the blood to thin too much resulting in excessive loss of blood if injured.Have you ever wondered why the prescription or the doctors instructions say to take with a meal? If you take vitamin K, A, D or E when not eating a meal, you will get no benefit for taking them . They need to be eaten with fat. Just popping their capsules will not give you any benefit. You need to have some fat. Just by adding a little butter or olive oil to what you are eating takes care of the fat requirements. So if your medicine calls for taking with a meal, please do take it that way. Or else the medicine will not be absorbed and benefit us as they are meant to be.Vitamin K is found in dark green leafy vegetables and in soybean oil. It is a soluble vitamin, not potassium not to be confused with the symbol K as denoted on the periodic chart. K1 one is found in plants while K2 is found in animals. K2 is also made in our stomachs. It is made by good bacteria. Overuse of antibiotics retards the production of vitamin K2. Probiotics like acidophilus help restore our ability to produce enough vitamin K2 in our stomach. Although we can produce it ourselves, and not taking antibiotics can enhance its production, there is still some doubt that we are producing enough of it on our own for the health of our arteries and bones. Supplements play a very important role. Right now vitamin K supplements are not readily available.The daily recommended dose of of vitamin K is 90mcg. Now one should watch out for adding too much vitamin E to the diet. Excessive Vitamin E in the diet can have a negative reaction, and possibly weaken the benefits of vitamin K. If you are taking vitamin E, be sure to not take too high of an amount, 200 - 400 IU per day should be sufficient.If you are taking any prescription medicines, you should always talk to your doctor before adding any type of vitamin or over the counter medicines to your diet. They could change the way your prescription is meant to work possibly causing some bad side effects.
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