older people with adequate vitamin K are less likely to die over thirteen year follow up

Vitamins A, B, C, D and E gets lots of attention. But, the last vitamin in the alphabet, vitamin K, often gets over looked. Maybe that will change now. Why? Because a new study has shown that vitamin K might help you not to die.

Vitamin K helps keep your blood vessels functioning and healthy. So, it was a bit surprising that this new study did not find that vitamin K helps prevent cardiovascular disease. But healthy blood vessels contribute to health in a variety of ways. So, the absence of that finding does not mean that what they did find wasn’t equally exciting.

The new study is a meta-analysis that combined three studies and a total of 3,891 people. Everyone in the study was between 54 and 76 when the study started. The researchers measured their blood levels of vitamin K and then compared that to their risk of heart disease or overall death over the next 13 years.

They found that the people with the lowest levels of vitamin K had a 19% higher risk of death than people with adequate levels of vitamin K.

That’s a good reason to get your vitamin K. Vitamin K is found in multivitamins and there is an abundance of it in green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, leaf and romaine lettuce, dandelion leaf, beet greens, chard and parsley. It is also found in Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2020;111(6): 1170

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