Vitamin K

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When Vitamin K was discovered it received the letter K because of its ability to affect clotting in the blood. Its discovery was reported in a German journal, in which it was designated as the Koagulation Vitamin.  In English this compound was translated to the Coagulation Vitamin.

Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin that plays a critical role in blood clotting.  It regulates blood calcium levels and activates proteins involved in bone health.  Deficiencies of Vitamin K can result in anemia, bruising, bleeding from the gums and nose (we’ve all been there!) and a heavy menstruation in women.

Sources of Vitamin K

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Dark leafy Greens – Vitamin K is abundant in dark, leafy, high value greens such as Kale, Spinach, Collards, Brussels sprouts, Broccoli, Dandelion leaves or tea, Parsley and Lettuce.  Lots of these greens are easy to grow or cheap to buy making them the perfect natural vitamin K source.

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Dark Berries – Berries are also a great source of Vitamin K, particularly in such berries as blue berries, black berries, mulberries and cranberries.  These are not a easy to grow at home and are generally a bit more expensive to purchase than leafy greens.  Dried or frozen berries might be a better choice than fresh, depending on the season.

Vitamin K as a treatment for ITP

While there is no scientific data directly connecting Vitamin K to the treatment or prevention of itp, Vitamin K is still the best vitamin for your blood health.  In a survey conducted by the Platelet Disorder Support Association of American a number of patients who took Vitamin K felt it helped their platelet count and their bleeding symptoms.

by Meg

Meghan Brewster is a writer and blogger. She is an ITP patient and launched ITP&Me in 2011. She is a coffee lover and a try hard dancer. @meghan_brewster

4 thoughts on “Vitamin K

    • Meg says:

      Hey, I cant speak directly for you daughter vitamin intake – That is something you will have to discuss with her doctor. I do know that there are lots of people don’t get any at all. the amount of Vitamin K that would be good for your grand daughter may be very dependant on seeing how much Vitamin K she is already consuming.

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    Jordan Ross says:

    In this case the platelet level is constant but chronically low.

    You can improve you low platelet count by following a low calorie diet that has only moderate amounts
    of protein. Let us suppose your platelets are in the 43,000 range.

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