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Vitamin K: Top 10 foods rich in vitamin K


Vitamin K is an essential vitamin required for protein modification and blood clotting.



Recent studies suggest that vitamin K may play a role in treating osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s, and that consuming increased levels of vitamin K can help protect against cancer and heart disease. Unless you are taking medicaiton to prevent blood clots, like Warfarin or Coumadin, there is no known risk of vitamin K toxicity, and no reason not to eat a lot of it.



Here’s 10 foods rich in Vitamin K:



#1: Herbs (Dried and Fresh)



Long used for medicinal purposes, herbs are packed with nutrients and vitamin K is no exception. Dried Basil, Dried Sage, and Dried Thyme all contain the most with 1715μg (2143% DV) per 100g serving, or up to 51μg (64% DV) per tablespoon. They are followed by Fresh Parsley (82% DV per tblsp), Dried Coriander, Dried Marjoram, Dried Oregano, and finally fresh basil with 10μg (13% DV) per tablespoon.




#2: Dark Leafy Greens




Crisp, fresh, and delicious, dark leafy greens are great in a salad or steamed as a side. As a bonus they are also high in calcium. Kale provides the most vitamin K with 882μg (1103% DV) per 100g serving, or 547μg (684% DV) per cup chopped. It is followed by Dandelion Greens (535% DV per cup chopped), Collards, Cress, Spinach, Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens, Beet Greens, Swiss Chard, Broccoli Raab, Radicchio, and finally Lettuce with 62.5μg (78% DV) per cup shredded.



#3: Spring Onions (Scallions)



Great as a topping on soup or stew, as well as a good ingredient in salads and salad wraps, 100 grams of spring onions (or 1 cup chopped) will provide 207μg (259% DV) of vitamin K.




#4: Brussels Sprouts



A delicious side or snack, and reputed for being able to prevent a hang over, brussel sprouts are packed with Vitamin K. 100 grams will provide 194μg (242% DV) of vitamin K, that is 156μg (195% DV) per cup, and 33.6μg (42% DV) of vitamin K in a single brussel sprout.




#5: Broccoli



Vitamin K is just another reason to eat everyone’s favorite vegetable. Broccoli contains 141μg (176% DV) of vitamin K per 100g serving, that is 220μg (276% DV) per cup, and 52μg (65% DV) in an average spear, or piece, of brocolli.




#6: Chili Powder, Curry, Paprika, and Cayenne




Also high in vitamins E and C, chili powder is a great addition to spice up a stew, calzone, or just about anything. 100 grams will provide 106μg (132% DV) of vitamin K per 100g serving, or 8.5μg (11% DV) per tablespoon. Curry powder will provide 7% DV per tablespoon, Paprika (7% DV), and Cayenne (5% DV).


#7: Asparagus



Asparagus is best eaten steamed. 100 grams will provide 80μg (100% DV) of vitamin K, that is 144μg (180% DV) per cup, and 48μg (60% DV) in 4 spears.




#8: Cabbage



Eaten cooked or in coleslaw, cabbage provides 76μg (95% DV) of vitamin K per 100 gram serving which is 68μg (85% DV) per cup chopped, and 690μg (830% DV) in a 5(3/4)inch head of lettuce.


#9: Pickled Cucumber



If you like pickles then now you have good reason to eat more of them. 100 grams will provide 77μg (96% DV) of vitamin K, or 130μg (163% DV) per cup sliced, and 27μg (34% DV) in a medium pickle. For best health (and the most vitamin K) eat the low sodium variety.


#10: Prunes



High in fiber, zinc, and even iron, prunes are great health food. 100 grams will provide 60μg (74% DV) of vitamin K, or 104μg (129% DV) per cup, and 6μg (7% DV) in a single prune.



Source: Healthalicious.com


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