When it comes to the vitamins and nutrients that help maintain a healthy body, vitamin K doesn’t often get the spotlight.

That’s why Country Life is coming in hot with an ode to vitamin K! We’ll talk about what it is, how to work it into your diet, and which daily supplements to look out for if you need some extra vitamin K support! 

What Is Vitamin K?

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in blood clotting, bone, and heart health. It’s a group of compounds made up most significantly of vitamin K1 and vitamin K2. 

Vitamin K Foods

When searching for vitamin K-rich foods to add to a healthy diet, you’ll have to look in a few different places.

Vitamin K1 is the most common form of vitamin K and can be found in plant-sourced foods - specifically dark, leafy green vegetables. Try these foods high in vitamin K1:

  • Kale (cooked) 
  • Mustard Greens (cooked)
  • Swiss Chard (raw)
  • Collard Greens (cooked)
  • Spinach (raw)
  • Broccoli (cooked)
  • Brussel Sprouts (cooked)

Vitamin K2 can be found in animal-sourced foods and some fermented plant foods such as:

  • Pork Chops
  • Chicken
  • Hard Cheeses
  • Soft Cheeses
  • Ground Beef
  • Egg Yolk
  • Whole Milk
  • Butter
  • Natto

The Biggest Difference Between Vitamin k1 and Vitamin K2

Vitamins K1 and K2 are both a part of the vitamin K group of fat-soluble vitamins that share similar chemical structures. But there are a few key differences that separate them: 

Vitamin K1  Vitamin K2
Vitamin K1 is considered an essential nutrient which means we must consume it – the body can’t make it. Vitamin K2 is technically a non-essential nutrient because it can be synthesized from Vitamin K1 by gut bacteria.
Commonly found in leafy green vegetables. Commonly found in fermented food and animal products.

Vitamin K Benefits

Vitamin K plays an important role in helping your blood clot, as well as supporting bone and heart health. 

Types of Vitamin K

Vitamin K as a whole is made up of Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2. While both can be found in foods, if getting adequate amounts of vitamin K into your daily diet proves challenging, consider a daily supplement from Country Life Vitamins like:

Vegan K2 Chewable Tablets

This vegan and gluten-free daily supplement is a chewable tablet with natural strawberry flavors! With dual spectrum MK-4 and MK-7 complexes, Vitamin K2 may support your bone health.

The more you know!

There are so many vitamins and nutrients to fit into a healthy and balanced daily diet, and we know it can be tough to stay on top of them all! Consider a daily multivitamin from Country Life, to cover all of your vitamin and nutrient needs!

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