Deficiency of Vitamin K just as bad as smoking?

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May 23

Deficiency of Vitamin K just as bad as smoking?
This past month the news was filled with the fact that nearly half of the Dutch population is walking around with a severe deficiency of vitamin K. Researcher Cees Vermeer from the University of Maastricht states that the this lack of vitamin K is comparable to smoking two packs of cigarettes per day. By a deficiency of vitamin K the arteries are less elastic and they calcify over time, especially the heart suffers. According to The Nutrition Center there is no need to take supplements, because deficiencies are rare in the Netherlands. This new research that has come to light is in direct contrast with the advice of the Nutrition Center.

Recent studies show that vitamin K does a lot more and that we have long underestimated this vitamin. For example, vitamin K improves bone density, reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, improves insulin sensitivity, goes against Alzheimer’s and reduces the chance of rheumatism

Recommended amount?
The recommended daily amount for vitamin K is currently at 120 micrograms (mcg) for an adult male. One Vexx organic shake contains 20% of this recommended daily amount.

Why do people have a deficiency?
People have a deficiency in Vitamin K because they do not eat enough vegetables and other high nutrient dense foods. Thus results in a lack of Vitamin K1 and fiber. Our body cannot produce enough active vitamin K.

Other sources of Vitamin K
Plant sources of vitamin K are kale, spinach, spring onions, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, plums, chard and parsely. Additionally animal sources are cheese eggs and milk.

A diet rich in foods with a high nutrient density can avoid a vitamin K deficiency. One thing is certain, our current western diet, containing a lot of processed food, provides insufficient vitamin K.
This information is a summary of an article published by Juglen Swan on and is based on a study by Professor Cees Vermeer. For the full article see For more information about Cees Vermeer see

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