Vitamin K: Sources & Benefits

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by Alina Bradford, Live Science Contributor   |   August 18, 2015 07:32pm ET

Kale contains more than 500 percent the daily recommended allowance for vitamin K, which is important for healthy bones and for healing wounds.
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Vitamin K is known as the “blood-clotting vitamin” for its important role in healing wounds. The “K” is derived from the German word koagulation. Vitamin K also plays an important role in bone health. 

Sources

Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract naturally make vitamin K. Dietary sources of vitamin K include green leafy vegetables — collards, green leaf lettuce, kale, mustard greens, parsley, romaine lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens — as well as vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage, according to the

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