Vitamin K plays an important role in our health. It is most well-known for how it helps our blood to clot, but it is also crucial for many functions, including: Heart disease prevention, strong and healthy bones, and cancer and Alzheimer’s prevention. Most of us don’t think about whether or not our bodies have enough vitamin k to function well. I know I don’t think about it as often as I should. In today’s blog, I’m going to take a look at the symptoms of Vitamin K deficiency, and how shilajit can help provide much-needed vitamins to our bodies.
Symptoms of a Vitamin K Deficiency
There are many causes for a vitamin K deficiency, including liver disease or taking blood thinners. But, many people can suffer from a deficiency. It’s important to know the symptoms so that you can work to supplement your diet to fill the deficiency. The symptoms of a vitamin k deficiency are:
- You Bruise Easily
- You Experience Excessive Bleeding after an Injury
- Heavy Menstrual Periods
- Blood in Stool or Urine
- Bleeding from GI Tract
- Your Gums or Nose Ooze
If you suffer from any of these symptoms of vitamin k deficiency, it is important that you work to boost your intake of vitamins for optimum health.
Sources of Vitamin K
There are multiple ways to get more vitamin k in your diet. The foods with the highest levels of vitamin k are green, leafy vegetables, soybeans, eggs, beef or chicken liver, or some soft cheeses. Here are the top five sources of vitamin k:
- Herbs Like Dried Basil, Sage, Thyme, and Fresh Parsley
- Green Leafy Vegetables Like Kale, Spinach, and Mustard Greens
- Salad Vegetables Like Garden Cress, Endive, and Radicchio
- Brassica Vegetables Like Broccoli, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprouts
- Chili Powder and Other Hot Spices Like Curry Powder
These sources were referenced from the following article about vitamin k. Additionally, you can take oral supplements to boost your intake. Talk to your doctor if you are worried you are suffering from a vitamin k deficiency.
Shilajit is Full of Vitamins and Minerals
If you are deficient with one vitamin, then it is likely that you are deficient in other areas. It is important to have a diet rich in minerals and vitamins, and shilajit is a great choice. In my years of research, I have learned that shilajit contains over 85 minerals and vitamins, and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. There are other great sources of vitamins in addition to shilajit and the vegetables listed above. Use your best judgment when adding these supplements to your diet!