Lack of vitamin K is like « smoking two packs of cigarettes a day »

A long, very long study conducted over forty years by several Dutch universities points to the dangers that lie in wait when you have a vitamin K deficiency. Among these dangers, a great cardiovascular risk.

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It is a long study carried out over forty years and the fruit of collaboration between the University of Maastricht, the University of Groningen and that of Amsterdam, all three in the Netherlands, which shows that approximately 40% of the Dutch population is deficient in vitamin K. Vitamin K promotes blood coagulation, calcium uptake by the bones, the flexibility of the arteries and the good condition of blood vessels in general, tendons, cartilage and other connective tissues, but if it is lacking, the consequences on health can be very dangerous.

Indeed, one of the scientists involved in the study, Dutch biochemist Cees Vermeer of Maastricht University, says: In almost all of us, the vitamin K balance is not optimal, but in one in three people, this deficiency is very worrying. And this is problematic, because in the event of a deficiency, the blood vessels
they become less elastic and may eventually calcify. Blood vessels near the heart can also be affected
“. For him it is very clear, not having enough vitamin K in his body is equivalent to  » smoke two packs of cigarettes a day in terms of risk.

It is mainly through diet that it is possible to avoid such consequences. If food supplements sold in pharmacies can provide a suitable intake, many foods have them. Thus, vitamin K1 is found in fruits and vegetables, among others, in spinach, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, but also seaweed. For vitamin K2, it is to shrimp, cheese, yogurt and chocolate that we must turn. The recommended daily dose is 100 micrograms.

Source: detelegraaf

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