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Benefits of Vitamin K And Its Side Effects

It can be said that vitamin K is a micronutrient which is required by the body in small amounts but is still necessary for the healthy functioning of many organs including the pancreas, heart and liver. At the same time, it also regulates the coagulation of blood without which during an injury if the blood vessels become ruptured the person may bleed to death. It is true that vitamin K deficiency is rare because as mentioned above the primary source of this essential vitamin are the bacteria in the intestines. This is the reason that very few people if ever suffer from a deficiency of vitamin K. However, when a deficiency does occur it can have very serious consequences. This is the reason that it is necessary to eat foods which are rich in vitamin K1 and K2.

Benefits of Vitamin K And Its Side Effects

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Vitamin K
Nutritional Value of Vitamin K
Health Benefits of Vitamin K
Preventing osteoporosis
Reduces the clotting of blood
Reduces excessive menstrual flow
Prevents internal bleeding
Reduces menstrual pain
Relieves nausea during pregnancy
Prevents hemorrhaging in babies
Prevents biliary obstruction
Protects the immune system
Regulates the blood sugar
Increase flow of urine
Prevents cancer
Uses of Vitamin K
Side-Effects & Allergies of Vitamin K
Origin And Cultivation of Vitamin K

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a term used for the group of vitamins that are fat soluble and are known as naphthoquinones. This group of vitamins consists of vitamins K, K1, K2 and K3, where K1 is a natural vitamin and occurs in plants. Vitamin K1 is the primary source of the vitamin K which humans consume in different foods. Vitamin K is necessary for the body in order to react to injuries At the same time, it is also helpful in keeping the bones healthy and can reduce bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures. It also helps in preventing calcification of arteries and other soft tissues.

Nutritional Value of Vitamin K

The recommended usage for Vitamin K depends on the age and gender. For women aged 18 years and above, the usage is 90 micrograms (mcg)per day and for men its 120mcg per day.

Health Benefits of Vitamin K

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Vitamin K
Health Benefits of Vitamin K

Preventing osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is caused by loss of bone density and it usually occurs after the age of 50 years and is common in menopausal women. This problem progresses silently and causes many complications if not treated. The signs and symptoms of osteoporosis may occur in the form of spinal deformity, easily fractured bones and pain in the bones. Around the age of 20-30 years the bone mass of a human being starts decreasing. This is the age when the bones are at their maximum strength and density, but after this the bone density starts reducing. Menopausal women suffer bone loss when their estrogen levels fall.

Reduces the clotting of blood

The other primary function of vitamin K is the regulation of the blood clotting. This is because of the role it plays in the amalgamation of prothrombin. Blood clotting automatically occurs when there is an injury which causes the blood vessels to tear. The molecules that cause the blood clotting continuously circulate through the blood stream. The role of vitamin K is to regulate the blood clotting by transporting calcium throughout the body. Vitamin K2 helps in improving the blood disorder known as myelodysplastic syndrome.

Reduces excessive menstrual flow

Although there are many reasons for excessive menstrual flow in women, deficiency in vitamin K is also one of them. Taking supplements of vitamin K can reduce the excessive flow of blood during menstruation as it will reduce the amount of blood flowing out of the body.

Prevents internal bleeding

This vitamin helps reduce the risk of bleeding in the liver, jaundice, poor absorption of nutrients or the effects of long term use of antibiotics or aspirin. Some gastrointestinal problems caused due to the deficiency of this vitamin include sprue, obstructions, colitis and Chrohn’s disease.

Reduces menstrual pain

Vitamin K ensures the regulation of hormones which in turn ensure regular periods. This in turn helps in the reduction of menstrual pain. Women who suffer from too much menstrual pain should get tested for the deficiency of vitamin K

Relieves nausea during pregnancy

Pregnant women who suffer excessive vomiting and nausea during pregnancy are usually deficient in vitamin K. If they intake supplements of this vitamin, it will help in reducing these symptoms in pregnant women. Not only this it will also have a positive impact on the mental and physical health of the unborn child.

Prevents hemorrhaging in babies

Usually newborn babies are given an injection of vitamin K to prevent hemorrhaging. This vitamin is also necessary for children who are asthmatic and they can be treated by regular oral drops of this vitamin.

Prevents biliary obstruction

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Taking antibiotics for a long time can cause biliary obstruction, regional enteritis, celiac disease and ulcerative colitis. These disease become even worse due to deficiency of vitamin K. Therefore regular supplementation with this vitamin prevents these complications from occurring in the future.

Protects the immune system

It has been proved by studies that vitamin K protects the immune system and the digestive system. Therefore it is advisable to eat foods that have a high content of this vitamin, in order to boost the immune system and make the digestive system healthy.

Regulates the blood sugar

he pancreas produce insulin in the body and they contain a high amount of vitamin K. This vitamin is necessary for the proper functioning of pancreas. The insulin secreted by pancreas controls the blood sugar levels and regulates the transformation of sugar into energy. Hence it can be said that the vitamin K is essential for regulating blood sugar levels.

Increase flow of urine

Vitamin K can also increase the flow of urine which is essential for removing soluble toxins from the body. This is the reason that if you do not pass enough urine it would be advisable to check yourself for the low levels of vitamin K in your body and if it is found so then you should take supplements of the same.

Prevents cancer

It has been proven by research that vitamin K is useful in the prevention of cancers of the colon, prostate, stomach, nasal and oral cancers. According to one study vitamin K was useful in stabilizing patients with liver cancer and even improved the functioning of the liver in these patients.

Uses of Vitamin K

It prevents bleeding in newborns. It can also prevent people from prothrombin, when given by mouth or injected in the vein. It can also reverse the effects of warfarin to prevent blood clotting.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Vitamin K

If a person is under dialyis, it is advised to consult the doctor before taking these supplements. High dosage of vitamin K can worsen blood clotting problems, for those who suffer liver complaints. Vitamin K1 may lower blood sugar level, so it is advised that diabetics should carefully monitor their blood sugar levels.

Origin And Cultivation of Vitamin K

If a person is under dialyis, it is advised to consult the doctor before taking these supplements. High dosage of vitamin K can worsen blood clotting problems, for those who suffer liver complaints. Vitamin K1 may lower blood sugar level, so it is advised that diabetics should carefully monitor their blood sugar levels.

Popular Questions & Answers

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Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Kolkata
You have to try and leave this habit as it may effect your sexual life in future. Try and keep yourself busy. Spend more time with family and friends. Try not to keep yourself alone. The only way to stop this habit is practicing self control.
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I'm 29 n I've been masturbating very very very excessively since 11. Due to which I believed I've hindered my puberty because I've the same very small penis size which I had while I was 11. Actually as long as I can remember my 1st stage of puberty (ie enlargement of scotrum n small pubic hair started appearing) was taking place normally because I wasn't ejaculating semen n I didn't lost any minerals and vitamins. But by 12 when I started ejaculating I was loosing a lot of essential nutrients, minerals, vitamins etc. N I've learned it from a reliable source that each ejaculation contains about 3-5 mg of zinc, n zinc deficiency can hampers sexual maturation during puberty. And then I got so addicted that I've been masturbating throughout my life until recently ie in the month of August I decided to cut it down to the possible minimum extent. N in these 3 months I've masturbated just 7 times. N by now I'm already seeing some physical improvements like: .Continuation follows.

MD(Am)
General Physician, Secunderabad
Max twice a week. Masturbate Masturbation is a common activity. It’s a natural and safe way to explore your body, feel pleasure, and release built-up sexual tension. It occurs among people of all backgrounds, genders, and races. Despite the myths, there are actually no physically harmful side effects of masturbation. However, excessive masturbation can negatively impact your relationships and everyday life. Other than that, masturbation is a fun, normal, and healthy act. Keep reading to learn more about the side effects and potential health benefits of masturbation. Side effects of masturbation Masturbation doesn’t have any harmful side effects, though some people may feel guilty about masturbating or have issues with chronic masturbation. Masturbation and guilt Some people may feel guilty about masturbating because of cultural, spiritual, or religious beliefs. Masturbation is neither wrong nor immoral, but you may still hear messages that self-pleasure is “dirty” and “shameful.” If you feel guilty over masturbating, speak with someone you trust about why you feel this way and how you can move past that guilt. There are also therapists that specialize in sexual health and may be a good resource. Addiction to masturbation Some people can and do become addicted to masturbating. You may be spending too much time masturbating if masturbation causes you to: skip your chores or daily activities miss work or school cancel plans with friends or family miss important social events Being addicted to masturbation can have a negative impact on your relationships and other parts of your life. Masturbating too much may interrupt your work or studies, which can lower productivity. It may also hurt your relationships and friendships because you don’t spend as much time with your loved ones as you used to, or don’t pay attention to their needs. If you’re worried you may be addicted to masturbation, speak with your doctor or a counselor about ways to cut down on masturbating. Talk therapy can help you manage your addiction. You could also cut down by replacing masturbation with other activities. Next time you have an urge to masturbate, try: going for a run writing in a journal spending time with friends going for a walk Does masturbation cause a decrease in sexual sensitivity? For women who have sexual dysfunction, enhanced stimulation, including masturbation, can help increase sexual desire and sensitivity. In fact, two 2009 studies found that vibrator use among women and men has been linked to an increase in desire, arousal, and overall sexual function. Women also reported an increase in lubrication, while men reported better erectile function, according to the studies. Masturbation can affect sensitivity during sex for men because of their technique. Research has shown that too tight of a grip on a penis during masturbation can decrease sensation. Sexual health experts recommend changing your technique during masturbation to restore sensitivity levels during sex. Benefits of masturbation Masturbation is a healthy sexual activity that has many benefits for your physical and mental health. There are limited studies on the benefits of masturbation, but studies on sexual intercourse and anecdotal reports suggest that sexual stimulation, including stimulation through masturbation, may help you: relieve built-up stress sleep better boost your mood relax feel pleasure relieve cramps release sexual tension have better sex better understand your wants and needs Couples may also mutually masturbate to explore different desires, as well as avoid pregnancy. Self-pleasuring also helps you prevent sexually transmitted infection. Masturbation is a healthy, natural, and safe way to practice self-love and improve your health. Masturbating may have many benefits for your mind and body. Despite the possibility of addiction, there are no harmful side effects. You should feel free to enjoy self-pleasure without guilt or shame. Speak with a therapist or someone you trust about any negative feelings you have.
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Sir I am masturbating everyday. As per this cause body weight increased or any effect to came or not? Pls tell me doctor.

MBBS, MD - Social & Preventive Medicine / Community Medicine, Fellowship of european union of sexual medicine, Fellowship in diabetes
Sexologist, Chandrapur
No relation of body weight with masturbation. It hardly loses 50-100 calories thats equivalent to 1 roti.

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Antioxidants for Healthy Penis Skin

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Antioxidants for Healthy Penis Skin

Because many men think of their penis primarily in terms of its usefulness in sexual activities, they don't always remember that good penis health means more than taking steps to ensure a solid working erection. But in fact, there are many different aspects of penis health, including taking steps to ensure healthy penis skin, both for practical and aesthetic reasons. Part of keeping penis skin healthy involves incorporating antioxidants into the penis care routine.

What are antioxidants?

On a technical level, an antioxidant is a molecule that helps keep other molecules from getting oxidized. Oxidation, in turn, is a chemical process that creates something called free radicals, which then can cause damage to cells, such as skin cells. They can also contribute to heart disease, cancer and other health conditions. However, not all free radicals are bad, and a certain amount of them are useful. For example, oxidation is important in helping the liver detoxify food and the body to help fight certain bacteria.

On a more-than-molecular level, antioxidants refers to those vitamins, minerals and nutrients that have an ability to keep those free radicals (and the damage they do) at bay.

How do antioxidants help skin?

Many skin care products are rich in antioxidants, because keeping oxidative stress from damaging skin cells helps ensure the health of skin. There are many things that can damage the skin, both on the surface and on a more molecular level. The stronger the skin is on the molecular level, the better it is able to withstand attacks on the surface level.

How does a person get antioxidants?

The body itself makes some antioxidants and depends upon a healthy diet to help supplement those amounts. Some foods are richer sources of antioxidants than others. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the following are some foods particularly high in antioxidants:

- Goji berries

- Wild blueberries

- Dark chocolate

- Pecans

- Artichokes

- Elderberries

- Kidney beans

- Cranberries

- Blackberries

- Cilantro

And these are some of the herbs that are very good sources of antioxidants:

- Clove

- Cinnamon

- Oregano

- Turmeric

- Cocoa

- Cumin

- Dried parsley

- Basil

- Ginger

- Thyme

As mentioned earlier, many skin care products are also good sources of antioxidants. This can be especially important because skin that is damaged by free radicals can be vulnerable - and unattractive as well.

Free radical damage is one of the things that leads to skin looking prematurely aged. It can contribute to drying out and to the cracks, wrinkles and blemishes that can mar otherwise attractive skin.

This is as true of penis skin as it is of skin elsewhere on the body. Penis skin is naturally delicate, so that the organ is more readily receptive to friction and stimulation. This can also make it more susceptible to cracking and wrinkling. When cracks appear on the penis skin, they can also open up a pathway for bacteria to get inside, creating further penis health concerns.

For this reason, penis skin needs to be exposed to a healthy level of antioxidants. One way to help achieve this is through the daily application of a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Clearly, for it to be effective, the crème must include antioxidants. This can more readily be achieved if the crème contains vitamins A and C, as well as alpha lipoic acid. All three of these have antioxidant capabilities. Vitamin A has the added bonus of fighting bacteria that cause penis odor, while vitamin C also helps give penis skin its necessary tone and elasticity. Alpha lipoic acid has strong antioxidant properties on its own and also helps boost those of vitamin C.

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Health Benefits of Soybeans

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad

1.     Soybeans can help individuals control weight.

Soybeans have been known to suppress the appetite, helping people eliminate the chances of overeating that leads to obesity and other health related risks. Also, soybeans provide considerable amounts of protein, which can lead to weight gain when taken in large quantities. The weight obtained from soybeans could protect the individual from chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

2.     Soybeans can contribute to improving your sleep.

Soybeans have a high content of magnesium, which is a mineral that is directly linked to improving the quality, duration, and tranquillity of sleep. Soybeans also help regulate the metabolism, to help reduce sleep disorders and the occurrence of insomnia.

3.     Soybeans may help prevent and manage type 2 diabetes.

Soybeans have the ability to increase insulin receptors in the body. This helps the body to handle the disease effectively or prevents diabetes from forming at all.

4.     Soybeans can contribute to improving circulation and oxygenation.

Soybeans are rich in copper and iron. Both are essential for the red blood cell formation. Increased red blood cell production increases oxygen to the cells and improves the metabolic activity. This prevents conditions like anemia.

5.     Soybeans may help to improve your digestive health.

Fiber can help prevent constipation and stimulate the contractions of the smooth muscles that forces food through your system. This aids in preventing dangerous conditions like colorectal cancer.

6.     Soybeans can help decrease the risk of congenital disabilities.

Soybeans are rich in the B-vitamin complex, particularly in folic acid. Folic acid helps the body to make healthy red blood cells and prevents anemia. It is also important for maintaining rapid cell division and growth during infancy and pregnancy. A deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women can lead to the birth of underweight infants and may also result in neural tube defects in newborns.

7.     Soybeans have a significant vitamin and mineral density.

Soybeans are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, copper, selenium, and zinc. These have a role in preventing osteoporosis and help speed the bone healing process. 

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HIV and AIDS Are Not Same! See How It Differs From Each Other

MBBS, PG Diploma (HIV Medicines)
HIV Specialist, Surat
HIV and AIDS Are Not Same! See How It Differs From Each Other

What is HIV?

HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, which is our body’s natural defence against illness. The virus destroys a type of white blood cell in the immune system called a T-helper cell, and makes copies of itself inside these cells. T-helper cells are also referred to as CD4 cells.

As HIV destroys more CD4 cells and makes more copies of itself, it gradually breaks down a person’s immune system. This means someone living with HIV, who is not receiving treatment, will find it harder and harder to fight off infections and diseases.

If HIV is left untreated, it may take up to 10 or 15 years for the immune system to be so severely damaged it can no longer defend itself at all. However, the speed HIV progresses will vary depending on age, health and background.  

Basic facts about HIV

  • HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.
  • There is effective antiretroviral treatment available so people with HIV can live a normal, healthy life.
  • The earlier HIV is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can start – leading to better long term health. So regular testing for HIV is important.
  • HIV is found in semen, blood, vaginal and anal fluids, and breast milk.
  • HIV cannot be transmitted through sweat, saliva or urine.
  • Using male condoms or female condoms during sex is the best way to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • If you inject drugs, always use a clean needle and syringe, and never share equipment.
  • If you are pregnant and living with HIV, the virus in your blood could pass into your baby’s body, or after giving birth through breastfeeding. Taking HIV treatment virtually eliminates this risk.

What is AIDS?

AIDS is not a virus but a set of symptoms (or syndrome) caused by the HIV virus. A person is said to have AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight off infection, and they develop certain defining symptoms and illnesses. This is the last stage of HIV, when the infection is very advanced, and if left untreated will lead to death.

Basic facts about AIDS

  • AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
  • AIDS is also referred to as advanced HIV infection or late-stage HIV.
  • AIDS is a set of symptoms and illnesses that develop as a result of advanced HIV infection which has destroyed the immune system.
  • Treatment for HIV means that more people are staying well, with fewer people developing AIDS.

Although there is currently no cure for HIV with the right treatment and support, people with HIV can live long and healthy lives. To do this, it is especially important to take treatment correctly and deal with any possible side-effects.

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Acne - Is Laser/Light Procedure Beneficial?

Acne - Is Laser/Light Procedure Beneficial?

Acne is one of the major problems faced by teenagers and young adults. When active, acne causes burning and pain on the skin. Once they dry off, they leave the scars and marks. However, with advancement in cosmetic surgery, there are a number of options available which can make the scars disappear almost completely.

How is it done?

  1. Laser/light procedure is used in a number of skin conditions, in addition to acne scar treatment. During the procedure, a beam of intense light is focused on the skin, which removes the acne scar without damaging the surrounding tissue.
  2. Laser is used in all kinds of acne, such as papules, pustules, whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, and nodules. Acne is caused by bacteria, and when a beam of laser is applied, these get activated, which damages the bacterial wall and kills the bacteria. The reduced amount of bacteria also reduces the severity of the acne. Laser also helps reduce the amount of sebum production, thereby reducing incidence of acne. Most people require about three settings with a month’s break in between. However, the exact treatment plan will depend on the location and intensity of acne and skin type.

Prior to the procedure:
Have a detailed talk with your surgeon on what to expect after the procedure, including potential risks and outcomes. It is important to keep the following things in mind to achieve the best outcome:

  1. Avoid sunbathing, waxing, and collagen injections for at least 10–15 days before the procedure.
  2. Avoid irritants in the area, including perfumes and deodorants while the treatment is on.
  3. Avoid medicines like aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements 2 weeks before the procedure, which may increase risk of bleeding .

Post treatment
Once you leave the clinic, the treated area may be pink or red for about 4 to 8 hours. There could be a slight prickly sensation on the treated area, with mild swelling, which will subside over the next few days. Cool packs or moist cloths can be used to reduce the sensation. A good moisturizer can also be used twice a day to soothe the skin. Makeup is to be used only after the redness and prickly sensation have subsided. The recovery period may take about weeks to months after the procedure, depending on the type of skin and acne.

Benefits
More and more people are choosing to go for laser therapy to get rid of their acne scars because of the following benefits—minimally invasive, is done in one sitting, reduced recovery time, reduced pain, and can be clubbed with other acne therapy modes. With the latest advancements, laser definitely is useful and has been successful in treating acne. So, your acne marks are sure to go away!

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Torn Meniscus: What You Need To Know About It?

Fellowship in Joint Replacement, Fellowship in Hand Surgery, MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS
Orthopedist, Bangalore
Torn Meniscus: What You Need To Know About It?

Your knees are one of the most vulnerable parts of your bodies. In case of strenuous or vigorous activities, knees are more prone to damage and injury than the other parts. Several of the knee tissues are fairly delicate and often are easily impaired. Among the other knee tissue injuries, meniscus tears are perhaps the most frequent. Meniscus is essentially a cartilage that protects and stabilizes the knee joints. However, an untoward twist or a strain can lead to a tear in the meniscus. Meniscus tears are a common phenomenon among athletes and sportsmen. They have been noted to be more recurrent in older individuals. 

Some of the early symptoms that indicate the onset of a meniscus tear are swelling and difficulty in bending or straightening of the leg. Sometimes a "locking sensation" in the knees also forebodes a torn meniscus. The inflammation potentially causes a lot of pain and irritation. While, it is fairly easy to ignore a meniscus tear for a normal knee injury, prolonged overlooking may only aggravate the pain and worsen the condition. The process of diagnosing a meniscus tear usually involves an MRI scan and an X-ray examination, over and above a detailed evaluation of the wound.

Treating meniscus tears vary according to the extent of the injury. Depending upon the location and the depth of the tear, various cures can be tried. The healing process, however, depends upon other allied factors such as age, level of physical activities and one's medical history. An external and minor injury is easily mendable. Whereas, graver injuries are resolved through surgical means. The other non-operative means include certain prescribed medicines and specific exercises. Some of the recommended ways of battling a meniscus tear can be enlisted as:

  1. Resting the knee by limiting the activities that involve excessive use of the legs or they may potentially strain the leg muscles.
  2. Applying ice pack can significantly bring relief to the swelling and the pain in the injured knee. Doctors advice regular use for a duration of at least 15 days.
  3. Compressing the knee using an elastic bandage or neoprene sleeve reduces the swelling in the knee.
  4. Prescribed medicines in the likes of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be effective remedies for a meniscus tear. However, one must mandatorily consult a doctor before consuming such medicines.
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Table of Content

Vitamin K
Nutritional Value of Vitamin K
Health Benefits of Vitamin K
Preventing osteoporosis
Reduces the clotting of blood
Reduces excessive menstrual flow
Prevents internal bleeding
Reduces menstrual pain
Relieves nausea during pregnancy
Prevents hemorrhaging in babies
Prevents biliary obstruction
Protects the immune system
Regulates the blood sugar
Increase flow of urine
Prevents cancer
Uses of Vitamin K
Side-Effects & Allergies of Vitamin K
Origin And Cultivation of Vitamin K