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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

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

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

While masturbating there is no ejaculation but sometimes nightfall occur and my age is 21.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- You are suffering from retrograde ejaculation. It can be caused by over masturbation, medications, health conditions or surgeries that affect the nerves or muscle that control the bladder opening. For retrograde ejaculation, treatment with ayurvedic medications may restore normal ejaculation and fertility. Several herbs such as Perennail, Shatawari, Shankhpushpi, Gokharu, Vidarikand, Musli etc are used to clean and rejuvenate the sperm carrying channels and increase the sperm production. However, treatment and herbal formulation needs to be shaped after evaluating the constitution of the patient and making general recommendation is difficult, you may derive best benefit by visiting an ayurvedic doctor.

Patient do not take medicine, how it should be administered, there any hospital or nursing facility where one depressed women can be kept for treatment.

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, MBA (Healthcare)
Psychiatrist, Davanagere
Good morning, If a patient is not taking medication it might be worth taking the patient to the doctor to find out why. If the fears are addressed they usually start to take medications and it will usually be the case that they start to take the medications once they find out that they have been assured of the benefits and the risks have been talked about. If they would like anonymity, Lybrate can help them address their queries or concerns regarding medications online. Look forward to hearing from you. If you need help with booking an appointment online with me on this website either text, audio or video appointment for a confidential and private consultation you may do so by contacting the help desk of Lybrate.

Amit is married last 2017 feb but he is telling he could not have sex and still his wife is. Virgin so suggest him how to go ahead as his erection does not last for more time n he prejaculates.

CCT (UK) General Psychiatry, MD-Psychiatry, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Premature ejaculation Premature ejaculation is the most common ejaculation problem. It's where the male ejaculates too quickly during sexual intercourse. A study looking at 500 couples from five different countries found the average time taken to ejaculate during intercourse was around five-and-a-half minutes. However, it's up to each couple to decide if they’re happy with the time taken – there’s no definition of how long sex should last. Occasional episodes of premature ejaculation are common and aren't a cause for concern. However, if you're finding that around half of your attempts at sex result in premature ejaculation, it might help to get treatment. Causes of premature ejaculation Various psychological and physical factors can cause a man to suddenly experience premature ejaculation. Common physical causes include: prostate problems thyroid problems – an overactive or underactive thyroid gland using recreational drugs Common psychological causes include: depression stress relationship problems anxiety about sexual performance (particularly at the start of a new relationship, or when a man has had previous problems with sexual performance) It's possible, but less common, for a man to have always experienced premature ejaculation since becoming sexually active. A number of possible causes for this are: Conditioning – it's possible that early sexual experiences can influence future sexual behaviour. For example, if a teenager conditions himself to ejaculate quickly to avoid being caught masturbating, it may later be difficult to break the habit. A traumatic sexual experience from childhood – this can range from being caught masturbating to sexual abuse. A strict upbringing and beliefs about sex. Biological reasons – some men may find their penis is extra sensitive. Treating premature ejaculation There are a number of things you can try yourself before seeking medical help. Measures you can try yourself It can sometimes help to: masturbate an hour or two before having sex use a thick condom to help decrease sensation take a deep breath to briefly shut down the ejaculatory reflex (an automatic reflex of the body during which ejaculation occurs) have sex with your partner on top (to allow them to pull away when you are close to ejaculating) take breaks during sex and think about something boring Couples therapy If you're in a long-term relationship, you may benefit from having couples therapy. During these sessions, the therapist will: encourage couples to explore any relationship issues they have, and give them advice about resolving them show the couple techniques that can help you "unlearn" the habit of premature ejaculation (the two most popular techniques are the "squeeze" and "stop-go" techniques) In the squeeze technique, your partner masturbates you, but stops before the point of ejaculation and squeezes the head of your penis for between 10 to 20 seconds. They then let go and wait for another 30 seconds before resuming masturbation. This process is carried out several times before ejaculation is allowed to occur. The stop-go technique is similar, but your partner doesn’t squeeze your penis. Once you feel more confident about delaying ejaculation, you and your partner can begin to have sex, stopping and starting as required. These techniques may sound simple, but they require lots of practice. Antidepressants (SSRIs) Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are designed to treat depression, but they also delay ejaculation. SSRIs used for this purpose include: paroxetine sertraline fluoxetine Some men may experience an improvement as soon as treatment begins. However, you'll usually need to take the medication for one to two weeks before you notice the full effects. Side effects of SSRIs are usually mild and should improve after two to three weeks. They include: fatigue feeling sick and being sick diarrhoea excessive sweating Read more about the side effects of SSRIs. Topical anaesthetics and condoms The use of topical anaesthetics such as lidocaine or prilocaine can help but may be transferred and absorbed to the vagina, causing decreased sensation. Condoms can also be used and are effective, particularly when combined with local anaesthesia.
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Husband suck my breast feeding milk is that for good for him health. Can you tell me the benefits of suck my breast milk please.

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Gurgaon
There is no benefit of taking breastmilk by your husband, whatsoever. Infant it can lead to nipple infections which might get transferred to your baby.
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I am 21 week pregnant. Can I use ivoral forte tablet? Composition- albendazole- 400 mg, ivermectin ip- 12 mg. Please ans me. Already I ve taken 1 tablet and doctor has prescribed me 6 tablets for 3 days.

MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Albendazole and ivermectin are us FDA class C drugs ,can be taken if benefit of taking the medicine outweighs taking its risk.

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Laparoscopic Surgery For Gastrointestinal Problems - The Benefits!

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, FRCS - General Surgery , Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery
General Surgeon, Delhi
Laparoscopic Surgery For Gastrointestinal Problems - The Benefits!

Laparoscopy is an advanced surgical technique that is often used to find out and treat any abnormalities or a myriad of medical complications such as an infection, ectopic pregnancy (a condition where the embryo attaches itself to an organ other than the uterus), cyst, fibroids, endometriosis, or pelvic inflammatory disease. Laparoscopy comes in handy in the case of an accident or an injury where it helps in the detection of any damages to the internal organs. There are instances where laparoscopy is even used in a biopsy (to collect the tissue sample).

The technique involves a small incision, often in the belly, through which a lighted tube, called a laparoscope, is inserted into the abdomen to analyze or treat the problem. The technique is quite hassle-free, causing minimum discomfort to the patient. In fact, there are so many associated benefits that more and more people are choosing laparoscopy over other surgical techniques and open surgery.  In this regard, some of the advantages of laparoscopy that deserves a special mention are as follows:

  1. Involves a smaller incision: Most of the surgical procedures, including open surgery, can be quite messy. The laparoscopic technique is simple, minimally invasive, and involves an incision which is 1.2 inch or less.
  2. Quick recovery with lesser chances of an infection: In surgeries involving a large cut, there is a high probability of infection at the incision site, leading to complications and delaying the recovery and healing process. In laparoscopy, with a small incision, chances of an infection or associated complications are almost negligible. An infection-free surgery will heal at a faster rate, ensuring a quick recovery.
  3. The USP of Laparoscopy lies in the fact that the procedure is less painful (since the procedure involves a small cut with reduced loss of blood) as compared to many of the other surgical techniques. In some of the surgeries (including an open surgery), there may be profuse bleeding with the patient even requiring a blood transfusion. Such complications are unheard of in the case of a Laparoscopic surgery. In fact, patients undergoing a laparoscopy are often required to spend a lesser time in the hospital.
  4. Negligible chances of a wrong diagnosis: PCOS or endometriosis can be a contributing factor, triggering infertility in women. In females with fertility issues, an accurate diagnosis can go a long way to treat the condition better. The symptoms and complications associated with PCO or endometriosis can be alleviated if diagnosed early and accurately. Laparoscopy, in the majority of the cases, ensures an accurate diagnosis, making the treatment effective.

Most of the surgical treatments such as an open surgery can leave a huge hole in your pocket. Laparoscopy, though effective, is not very expensive, making it a highly affordable surgical treatment.

Laparoscopic Surgery for Gastrointestinal Problems

The Laparoscopy surgery is often advised to treat a myriad of gastrointestinal problems such as Diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, Familial polyposis, Colorectal Cancer, Ulcerative Colitis. The Laparoscopy surgery may also be helpful in the case of severe constipation, bowel incontinence (a condition where a person fails to control the bowel movements) or a rectal prolapse.

As with most laparoscopic surgeries, the procedure involves the surgeon to make few (usually 3 and more) incisions in the abdomen. With the stomach inflated with carbon dioxide gas (to view the diseased organs better), a laparoscope and the surgical instruments are then placed into the stomach via the incisions to perform the surgery. The different laparoscopic surgeries of the intestine to treat the gastrointestinal disorders include:

  1. Abdominoperineal Resection: In people with cancer affecting the anus or the lower part of the rectum, a surgeon may perform the Abdominoperineal Resection to get rid of the rectum, anus as well as the sigmoid colon. With the removal of the rectum and the anus, the surgeon creates a colostomy (an arrangement to connect the healthy end of the colon to the anterior wall of the abdomen through an incision) to eliminate the waste and the fecal matter out of the body. 
  2. Proctosigmoidectomy: In people suffering from Diverticulitis (an inflammation or infection of the diverticula) and polyps (both cancerous as well nonmalignant growths), a Proctosigmoidectomy may be carried out to excise (complete or partial removal depending on the severity of the case) the affected part of the sigmoid colon or the rectum.
  3. Total abdominal colectomy: This laparoscopic surgery is used to treat conditions of Crohn's disease  (an inflammatory bowel disease that causes abdominal pain and a host of associated symptoms), Ulcerative colitis (severe inflammation of the colon), or Familial polyposis (a condition that triggers the formation of many colon polyps). Total abdominal colectomy involves the surgical removal of the large intestine (usually from lower part of the ileum to the rectum which is then followed by the stitching the end of the ileum and the rectum together).
  4. Right colectomy: As the name suggests, Right Colectomy, also termed as Ileocolectomy involves the surgical removal of the right side of the colon or the large intestine. The excision also includes the end part of the small intestine (attached to the right side of the colon). The Right Colectomy is used to treat cancer, the symptoms associated with Crohn's disease as well as the polyps.
  5. Rectopexy: In the case of a rectal prolapse, where the rectum protrudes out of its original place, a rectopexy goes a long way to stitch the rectum to its original position.
  6. Total proctocolectomy: This is a laparoscopic surgery to remove the large intestine, the rectum and the anus (the anus may or not be removed depending on the severity). People with inflammatory problems of the colon such as Crohn's disease or  Ulcerative colitis benefit immensely from total proctocolectomy. The surgery may be followed by a temporary ileostomy (in the case the anus is removed or damaged, a permanent ileostomy may be needed) to eliminate the wastes out of the body.

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

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Apple Cider Vinegar

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon

HEALTH BENEFITS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

  1. Decrease cholesterol levels-  Apple cider vinegar increase HDL cholesterol and reduce LDL cholesterol and Triglycerides levels in our body.
  2. Lowers Blood Pressure-  Apple cider vinegar helps in decreasing blood pressure by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for constricting blood vessels.
  3. Improves Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Symptoms- Apple Cider Vinegar helps in improving symptoms of PCOS. In a small study of women with PCOS who took vinegar for 90-110 days, 4 out of 7 women resumed ovulation, likely due to improved insulin sensitivity.
  4. Improves Metabolism- Apple Cider Vinegar increases enzyme AMPK in our body which increases fat burning and also decreases production of fat and sugar in the liver.
  5. Decreases Insulin Levels-  Apple cider vinegar reduces the ration of insulin to glucagon in our body, which favours fat burning.
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Health Tip

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Health Tip

MONDAY MOTIVATION:

WholeGrains are those in which the nutrients remain intact. Whole grains are better sources of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. Whole grains are either single foods, such as brown rice and popcorn, or ingredients in products, such as buckwheat in pancakes or whole wheat in bread.

RefinedGrains are milled, a process that strips out both the bran and germ to give them a finer texture and longer shelf life. The refining process also removes many nutrients, including fiber. Refined grains include white flour, white rice, white bread and degermed cornflower. Many breads, cereals, crackers, desserts and pastries are made with refined grains, too.

 

BENEFITS OF HAVING WHOLE GRAINS:

 

  • They are high in fibre, so help in digestion.
  • They help to lower the cholestrol
  • They lower blood pressure
  • They help to control to weight
  • They will provide more satiety
  • Help to regulate blood sugar
  • They are rich in vitamins and minerals

 

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How Brandy Helps In Cold And Flu?

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Internal Medicine Specialist, Bangalore
How Brandy Helps In Cold And Flu?

How brandy helps in cold and flu?

Brandy is prepared from further distillation of wine to make alcohol content stronger.
It’s usually consumed as after dinner drink.

It helps is cold and flu because of its strong anti inflammatory properties which reduces pain in sore throat and also helps in clearing mucus.
It’s strong alcohol content is antibacterial.

Other benefits of brandy are 
1) It contains antioxidants 
2) It is anti cancer (specially ovarian and bladder cancer) because of its ellagic acid content.
3) It’s anti-aging as brandy is distilled in copper barrels and due its antioxidant content.
4) Helps in reducing cholesterol and aids in cardiovascular health.

Caution: consume 30 to 60 ml post di.

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Home Remedy For Heart Attack

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Home Remedy For Heart Attack

Today we have come up with the Home Remedy to treat Heart Attack.

Terminalia Arjuna ia a herb which is antioxidant, reduces cholestrol and reduces BP and useful in diabetes all at the same time.

Benefits:

  • Arjuna herb works as a heart tonic that helps maintain heart health.
  • Arjuna helps to maintain normal blood pressure.
  • Arjuna promotes proper blood flow and normal homocysteine levels.
  • Heart muscles are strengthened by arjuna.
  • Arjuna supports the blood's absorption of lipids indicating it has cholesterol-regulating properties.
  • Arjuna herb helps to reduces the effects of stress and nervousness on the heart.
  • Arjuna supports the heart's energy output, and enhances overall energy levels, stamina, immunity, and cellular health.
  • Arjuna Powder reduces hypertension and bad cholesterol (LDL). It is rich in magnesium, zinc, calcium, copper and improves the function of the heart.

How to Use Arjuna:

1.A tablespoon of bark powder is added to 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to half a cup, fltered and consumed when hot.

2. It can be consumed in the form of milk remedy: It's bark powder made into water decoction and consumed ina dose of 50 ml once or twice a day before food.

 

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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