Vitamin K plays a major role in blood clotting. So it is used to reverse the effects of “blood thinning” medications such as warfarin.
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin, so it is stored in the body's fat tissue and liver. It is best known for its role in helping blood clot (coagulate) properly. The "K" is derived from the German word "koagulation." Vitamin K also plays an important role in bone health.
There are 3 forms of vitamin K:
According to the USDA Food Pyramid:
A serving of meat is about two or three ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards.Serving sizes for other proteins would be two tablespoons of nut butters, two eggs, and one third cup of dry beans.
A serving of bread is equal to one slice of white or whole grain bread, one ounce of prepared cereal, or just one half cup of pasta, or rice.
A serving of fruit or vegetable is equal to one piece, one half a cup of chopped fruit or vegetable, or three-fourths cup of 100% juice.
A serving of dairy is equal to one cup of milk or one and one half ounces of cheese.
Dress up frozen pizza with frozen or fresh spinach or green pepper. When you order out, ask for double green pepper. Green pepper is packed with vitamin C; Spinach (and Swiss chard and kale) is especially good because it contains lutein, a complex substance that can help prevent the blinding eye disorder called macular degeneration. Lutein also lowers cholesterol.
Fella goes into his favorite deli where the waiter immediately brings him a bowl of matzoh ball soup. The customer signals the waiter to come back. "Taste the soup!" he commands."Why?" inquires the surprised waiter."Taste the soup!" comes the reply."Max, you've been coming in here every day for ten years. There's never been anything wrong with the soup." "Taste the soup!" "What's wrong, too much salt--not enough salt?" "Taste the soup!" "What, the matzo balls aren't fluffy enough for you?" "TASTE THE SOUP!" The waiter finally agrees, "All right all right, I'll taste the soup! Where's the spoon?"
"A-HA!" chortles Max.
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