By Lauren Kolacki
As we get older, we become more familiar with our bodies, and more familiar with the idea of them changing against our control. Our bone density decreases causing us to become weaker, move slower, and be at a higher risk for breaking a bone. Our brain cells deteriorate, which slows down our reflexes and alters our memory, hearing and vision. Our arteries experience arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, which causes a spike in our blood pressure. One minute you are young claiming this will never happen to you and the next you are aging, and this is…happening to you.
Vitamin K is a group of fat soluble vitamins that has an abundance of health benefits. Vitamin K can increase bone mineral density and reduce fracture rates in people who suffer from osteoporosis. For those with no previous bone complications, aside from aging, Vitamin K improves overall bone health, especially when administered with vitamin D. Studies have shown that an increase in Vitamin K, improves episodic memory. Vitamin K also, prevents mineralization, where minerals build up in the arteries. This helps to reduce blood pressure and enables the heart to pump blood freely through the body. This process resulting in a reduced risk of heart attack or stroke.
Vitamin K can be found in green tea, leafy greens (kale, parsley, spinach, broccoli) liver, soybean oil, wheat bran and fermented dairy (yogurt, cheese) /soy (miso, natto). By being sufficient in Vitamin K, you prolong the detrimental matters that accompany aging.