Vitamin K is named after German word for coagulation (koagulation). Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin that contains two natural vitamins – vitamin k1 and k2. Like other vitamins, these are not dietary supplements. We get vitamin k1 from green leafy vegetables, beans, soybeans and vitamin k2 from meat, cheese and egg.
It plays an important role in blood clotting without which blood might not clot and result in excessive bleeding. It is also used to prevent and treat weak bones and relieve itching that often accompanies a liver disease.
Deficiency of Vitamin K is not so common in adults. It is very rare but is very common in infants. It could prevent serious bleeding in newborn babies called Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn (HDN). Hemorrhaging means excessive bleeding in infants and is life-threatening condition. It is rare bleeding problem that may happen after the baby is born with a low storage of vitamin K.
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