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In what chief capacity does vitamin k function?

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Dr. Carlos Jesurun
Neonatology 49 years experience
Improves clotting: A long time ago before we gave injections at birth of vit k, infants would have episodes of bleeding called hemorrhagic disease of the newborn. There were many fatalities. Since vit k is not present in sufficient quantities in breast & bottled milk, it is given to all infants at birth to improve clotting factors to prevent hemorrhaging.

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What exactly is the function of vitamin k?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Clotting: Vitamin k function: • vitamin k is necessary for normal blood clotting and synthesis of proteins found in plasma, bone, and kidneys. Vitamin k sources: • vitamin k is found in spinach, lettuce, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, wheat bran, organ meats, cereals, some fruits, meats, dairy products, eggs. Wikipedia has very detailed information.

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