Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting. This essential fat-soluble vitamin supports heart and bone health and has roles in brain function. Vitamin K deficiency is rare since the vitamin is present in many common foods including grains, vegetables, and oils.
Still, the vitamin deficiency occurs in people of different backgrounds, including those on anticoagulant medications, those taking high doses of vitamins A or E, and those on antibiotics that interfere with absorption of vitamin K. If your diet does not contain adequate amounts of vitamin K or your body is unable to absorb the vitamin, you may also be deficient in vitamin K.
It is important to have a nutritionally balanced diet to prevent vitamin K deficiency. Below is information on 10 vitamin K deficiency symptoms that you can use to detect the problem.
Symptom #1: Bleeding and Bruising
Bleeding is one of most common symptoms of vitamin K deficiency. Bleeding occurs because vitamin K plays a key role in blood clotting. If you notice that you easily bleed or bruise, your body probably doesn’t have enough vitamin K.
It is worth noting that bleeding can happen inside or outside the body. On the outside, you may experience frequent nosebleeds or bleeding gums. You may also experience excessive bleeding from minor cuts or wounds. Bruises may also cause you to bleed into the skin. If you notice a baby’s umbilical stump oozing blood, it is likely that the baby is low on vitamin K. The affected baby may bruise easily from normal handling, leading to unexplained bruises on the face or head.