Whether you snag some vitamin C at the first sign of a cold or stock up on probiotics to keep your gut health in check, you’re not alone in turning to dietary supplements—an estimated 75% of Americans use them.
Among the various types, vitamin K is gaining popularity due to its potential benefits for healthy aging. Specifically, it is thought to aid in the prevention of age-related conditions such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. So, is it time to start adding more vitamin K to your diet? Here’s what you need to know.
What is vitamin K? “Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin, so your body stores it in fat tissue and the liver,” Heather Viola, DO, Primary Care Physician at Mount Sinai Doctors-Ansonia, tells Fortune. “It is best known for its role in helping blood clot, or coagulate, properly.” Blood clotting, or coagulation, is the process that helps your body reduce bleeding from an injury.
Excerpted from Fortune Well