Vitamin K helps your blood cells stick together or coagulate. This is important for healing when you are cut. Vitamin K also assists in creating strong bones, especially in the elderly. A lack of vitamin K in the diet can lead to bleeding from the gums or nose. Several illnesses can lead to vitamin K deficiency. These include liver disease, gallbladder disease and cystic fibrosis. Certain blood-thinning medications can also cause low vitamin K levels. Eating cereal is a convenient way to increase vitamin K in the body 1. The recommended daily intake of vitamin K is 80 micrograms for men and 65 micrograms for women, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 4.
Kellogg's Special K Low Carb Lifestyle
Special K Low Carb Lifestyle contains 15 micrograms of vitamin K in a 100-g serving size. That is equivalent to seven-eighths of a cup. The University of Maryland says higher levels of vitamin K can lead to greater bone density 2. Vitamin K can reduce the risk of bone fractures, especially in women who are post-menopausal and at risk for osteoporosis.
- Special K Low Carb Lifestyle contains 15 micrograms of vitamin K in a 100-g serving size.
- The University of Maryland says higher levels of vitamin K can lead to greater bone density 2.
Nature's Path Optimum Slim
Dry Cereal Diet
Nature's Path Optimum Slim has 13 micrograms of vitamin K for a 100-g serving, according to Diet and Fitness Today 1. Penn State Hershey Medical Center says another reason to get the recommended amount of vitamin K every day is that people who have a vitamin K deficiency are more susceptible to bruising and bleeding 2.
General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Cinnamon Toast Crunch has 6 micrograms of vitamin K for a 100-g serving. The University of North Carolina Medical Center says it is important to eat a consistent amount of vitamin K if you are taking blood thinning medicine 23. Shifting levels of vitamin K in the body can interfere with blood thinners like warfarin. Inform your doctor of any changes in your diet if you are on blood thinning medication.
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch has 6 micrograms of vitamin K for a 100-g serving.
- The University of North Carolina Medical Center says it is important to eat a consistent amount of vitamin K if you are taking blood thinning medicine 2.
Kashi Go Lean Crunch
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Kashi Go Lean Crunch breakfast cereal contains 6 micrograms of vitamin K per 100-g serving. Cereals are a good source of vitamin K, but should not be the only source. Green vegetables like spinach, broccoli and kale also are high in vitamin K 1.
Kellogg's All Bran
Kellogg's All-Bran cereal has 5 micrograms of vitamin K per 100-g serving. It is also very high in dietary fiber, which can lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.
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- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin K
- University of North Carolina Medical School: Vitamin K Content of Common Foods
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: Vitamin K
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