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Vitamin K intake reduces the risk of heart diseases: Experts

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Heart is an important part of the body. In humans, it is located in the middle of the chest, slightly to the left, and beats about a million times a day and 60-90 times a minute. In today’s time, due to bad lifestyle habits, lack of nutrition in diet, physical inactivity and smoking habits, people are surrounded by problems of heart diseases at a very young age. Many people believe that men have a heart attack after the age of 40 and women after the age of 45. While there is no age for having a heart attack. A heart attack can happen to anyone at any time.

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Researchers looking for a cure for heart diseases have made a big claim in a recent study. Scientists believe that people who consume vitamin K have a lower risk of heart disease (a condition affecting the heart or blood vessels) related to atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis causes a build-up of fat, cholesterol and other substances within and within the walls of arteries, which can lead to problems related to heart diseases in people.

In the study published in the ‘Journal of the American Heart Association’, scientists said that the intake of vitamin-K is helpful in reducing the risk of heart related problems. Vitamin-K can be easily obtained from many foods in daily life.

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For this study, scientists examined data from more than 50,000 people. In the study, scientists sought to know whether people who consumed more vitamin-K-rich foods might have a lower risk of heart disease related to atherosclerosis.

In the study, scientists found that people consuming a diet high in vitamin K1 could reduce the risk of hospitalization due to atherosclerosis-related heart disease by up to 21%. At the same time, the intake of Vitamin K2 can reduce this risk by 14%.

How to get vitamins from diet

According to experts, two types of vitamin-K can be obtained from foods. First – Vitamin K1 which is mainly obtained from green leafy vegetables and vegetable oils and Vitamin K2 which is found in fermented foods such as meat, eggs and cheese. According to dieticians, both Vitamin K1 and K2 can be easily obtained from daily food.
Cooked spinach and mustard greens, cooked kale, cooked beet or turnip greens, broccoli, cooked cabbage, dried basil and soybean oil are known to be full of vitamin K1. At the same time, chicken, meat, blue cheese, cottage cheese, foot fat milk etc. can be consumed for vitamin K2.

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Researcher and senior author of the study, Dr. Nicola Bondono, says people with high intake of vitamin-K have a very low risk of atherosclerosis and other types of cardiovascular diseases. If we look at the current diet of people, the amount of vitamin K1 is high in them but vitamin K2 is often deficient. However, in studies, both of them have been found beneficial in protecting against heart diseases.

Researchers say, vitamin K can be helpful in preventing the build-up of calcium in the major arteries of the body, this unnecessary build-up increases the risk of heart diseases, although we need to understand this process completely. More research is needed for this.

Dr Jamie Belling, a researcher at the University of Western Australia, says heart disease remains a leading cause of death worldwide. This study tells about the importance of vitamin-K in reducing the risk of this dangerous disease. Health experts need to pay attention to this.

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