When was the first time you heard of vitamin K? I heard about it a few years ago when I asked people what nutrient a person like me, who bruises easily, might lack. Armchair experts pointed to K as key to clotting and, thus, bruise prevention.
Now vitamin K is getting called out for even more—possibly more important—uses. Just today, I read a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found that people with higher vitamin-K intakes are less likely to develop or die of cancer. It’s also been linked to bone and heart health, as well as diabetes prevention. Looking into my crystal ball, I predict a future filled with more good news about vitamin K. No, K is not yet as well-known as C, but you may consider carving out shelf space for this up-and-comer. Customers are going to ask for it and soon.
Want to learn more about K, which, as well as pills, is found in cabbage, cauliflower, spinach and other green leafy vegetables, soybeans and other vegetables? Check out NFM's story “What’s So Special About Vitamin K?”