Vitamin K

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Vitamin K is a group of structurally similar, fat-soluble vitamins that are needed for the posttranslational modification of certain proteins required for blood coagulation and in metabolic pathways in bone and other tissue. They are 2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone (3-) derivatives. This group of vitamins includes two natural vitamers: vitamin K1 and vitamin K2.[1] The three basic forms of Vitamin K are K1, K2, and K3.[2]

Functions

Vitamin K has several important functions including:

  • being needed for blood clotting, which means it helps wounds heal properly.
  • There is also increasing evidence that vitamin K is also needed to help build strong bones. [3]

References

  1. "Vitamin K Overview". http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/vitamin-k-000343.htm. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  2. American Cancer Society: Vitamin K
  3. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-K.aspx
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