The longitudinal data found that those with the lowest vitamin K levels had a 19 percent higher risk of death compared to those with higher selves of the vitamin.
This may be attributed to the benefits associated with vitamin K. It is, after all, known to maintain “healthy blood vessels”, says lead study author Kyla Shea, Ph.D., from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.
“There is an important protein in vascular tissue that prevents calcium from building up in artery walls, and it requires vitamin K to function,” Shea explained.
“Without vitamin K, this protein is less functional, which may increase susceptibility to calcium accumulation in arterial walls.”
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