Functions and Mechanisms
- Calcium regulation
- May be more powerful than Vitamin E and CoEnzyme Q10 in scavenging free radicals
- Inhibits both IL-6 and inflammation
- Excess vitamin A or E interferes with vitamin K absorption
- Works with boron to increase estrogen production.
- [Alzheimer's, blood sugar, clot prevention, osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis...]
- Osteocalcin in blood
- It's not stored in the body, so there's no known danger of overdose. However high vitamin K intake can interfere with anticoagulant medication [check this].
- Most active: phytonadione is also known as phylloquinone, or K1. This is the one to take
- K2, menaquinones, are produced by bacteria in the intestinal tract.
- Menaquinone-4 is also known as menatetrenone
- K3 (synthetic) menadione, is dangerous.
For more information:
- Sandy Simmons on vitamin K - like me, this woman has done a lot of research to understand her condition, Connective Tissue Disorder. Her page on vitamin K focuses on deficiency, but has a lot of information and links. No references.
Last updated 19 October 2004