vitamin K ..help!

edvel54
By edvel54 Latest Reply 2011-04-15 01:20:45 -0500
Started 2011-04-13 12:31:44 -0500

I am on warfarin which is a blood thinner, therefore I am restricted to the amount of Vitamin K I can have. Vitamin K is found in almost every veggie and fruit that is GREEN and a few that are not..like cauliflower, plums and cranberries.
I need suggestions on what I can can and/or what would be a good
supplement /vitamin I could take than would give me the benefit of K .


17 replies

peggyjean47
peggyjean47 2011-04-14 22:19:50 -0500 Report

here is a little help…Vitamin K is an essential vitamin in the body, that is normally formed by intestinal bacteria. Even though our bodies naturally make this vitamin, it is also important to supplement through food, as the vitamin is essential in the clotting of blood. Leafy green vegetables tend to be rich in vitamin K, including spinach, collards, kale, sea kelp, Brussels sprouts, and alfalfa. Other vegetables are also high in vitamin K, such as asparagus, cabbage, lettuce, okra, onions, pears, and broccoli. Certain spices are high in vitamin K, and these all tend to derive from leafy greens, such as basil, coriander, oregano, parsley, and thyme. For those who are not fond of the leafy green vegetables, there are other sources that have adequate vitamin K, such as enriched egg noodles, fish oils (which are also a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids), liver, milk, prunes, yogurt, and soy beans. Although deficiencies in vitamin K are rare (thanks to our symbiotic bacteria), it can occur in newborn children, those with intestinal problems, and those on prolonged antibiotics. In these cases, additional

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tankmom
tankmom 2011-04-14 20:36:06 -0500 Report

I can't recommend a vitamin, but make sure you look into what else Vitamin k is in, such as cranberries. My INR crashed because I started eating oatmeal. Early 2010 the cranberries brought my INR down also. Look into more info as I also am on Warfarin. The doctors office should be able to give you pamplets with a lot of info on fruits, vegetables and other items that contain it. The oatmeal box did not indicate it contains the K vitamin. I found it in my pamphlet.

MAYS
MAYS 2011-04-14 19:47:31 -0500 Report

Vitamin K is mainly in the leaves of green vegetables, especially the dark green leaves.

alanbossman
alanbossman 2011-04-14 09:56:35 -0500 Report

I don't know about some doctor's but my wife has been on warfarin for 11 years and will be on it for the rest of her life. Her doctor says for her to eat all green vegs. because he can adjust her meds to how much green vegs she eats. The doctor says there are more benefits to eating green vegs, and he can always adjust her meds.
Alan

peggyjean47
peggyjean47 2011-04-14 22:23:08 -0500 Report

my dr says and does the same, she said it is ok to eat the vegetables, and then she adjust my coumadin , i get my level checked weekly

edvel54
edvel54 2011-04-14 14:31:28 -0500 Report

My doc said to limit the greens. I will be on it for life also, since I am very prone to blood clots. It seems like I adjust it every week..I have been as low as 1.2 to a high 6.8.it doesn't take much for it to vary. Thanks for the comments

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-04-14 13:30:33 -0500 Report

My beloved Jem was on Coumadin for the last few yrs of her life and she went to have her blood tested for her Protime/INR every week or so. She'd get a call from the "coumadin clinic" the next day telling her to adjust her dose if it needed adjustment.

alanbossman
alanbossman 2011-04-14 19:23:59 -0500 Report

Yes my wife did the same thing except she got the machine to test her protime/inr at home she would call it in if it was low they would let the call go to her doctor office they in turn would tell my how much to take of coumadin. my wife has factor 5 in her blood which lets her clot real fast from bumps and bruises or falls.
Alan

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-04-14 19:32:24 -0500 Report

Jem didn't mention anything like that factor 5. But she had so many "medical challenges" maybe she did, but neglected to tell me.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2011-04-13 20:04:49 -0500 Report

I found this chart of Vitamin K foods, those which are high, medium and low in the vitamin. I hope this helps you to set up an eating plan with things that you like and allow you to avoid those things that are high:

http://www.med.unc.edu/im/files/patient-educa...

realsis77
realsis77 2011-04-13 13:06:19 -0500 Report

I'm not sure of a good supplement but I was on cummidin for six month due to a blood clot and trust me! Follow doctors orders because I thought I could get away with eating veggies and my doctor called me after because the veggie reflected and messed up my PTs so do NOT try it! Continue to stay clear of the dark leafy veggies because for sure it will eflect in your PTs. Finally my clot disloved and I could get off the coumidin. Just be patient and follow doctors orders! I wish you the very best! Perhaps you can take a supplement if it concerns you. God bless!

edvel54
edvel54 2011-04-13 14:10:00 -0500 Report

I have been on it for 3 years now . It seems like if I even sniff a green veggie my PT goes up. Thanks for your comments