Vitamin K rich diet might prevent osteoarthritis

April 12, 2006 in Nutrition for Older Adults, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Vitamin K rich diet might prevent osteoarthritis

Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine have found that a high intake of vitamin K could reduce the risk of osteoarthritic knee problems by 40 percent.

To examine the effects of vitamin K, researchers measured blood levels of phylloquinone, the main form of the vitamin, and correlated this with the occurrence of hand and knee osteoarthritis in over 670 participants.

Researchers found as vitamin K levels increased, the risk of osteoarthritis decreased.significantly.

Vitamin K is found naturally in cabbage, spinach, cauliflower and other green leafy vegetables.

Researchers suggest further studies are needed to determine if the relationship is causal.

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