Vitamin K and COVID

In a recent study, low vitamin K levels in COVID patients were linked to increased risk of ventilator use and/or death.

Lack of vitamin K leads to breakdown of lung tissue.

–Vitamin K is known for its role in blood coagulation, but it is also important in keeping tissue in the lungs elastic and free of calcification

–In previous studies, low vitamin K levels in people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) were associated with increased risk of death

Vitamin K is found in two forms. Both forms of Vitamin K (K1 and K2) are important and necessary to health:

•Vitamin K1 can be found in leafy greens

•Vitamin K2 is found in animal-based foods: egg yolks, liver, cheese made from whole milk and natto (fermented soy)

One reason why these “high saturated fat” foods don’t cause heart disease may be due to their high vitamin K2 content! In supplements, look for Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2 on the label –products that list only “vitamin K” are probably vitamin K1 (phytonadione).

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Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.

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