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.
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).
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.
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.
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.