Sufficient intake of micronutrients is as important as macronutrients. Micronutrients are essential to keep our internal system running efficiently.
Vitamin D and Vitamin K are two such essential micronutrients for your health.Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body while the major role of Vitamin K is to stop clotting and bleeding.
Due to their active role and coalition in maintaining the calcium levels in the body, it is believed that the presence of a high amount of vitamin D in the body and low in vitamin K can be harmful.
The importance of Vitamin D
1. The Sun is the biggest source of Vitamin D, but some food items also contain some amount of Vitamin D like okra, spinach, soybeans and fish like Sardines and Salmon.
2. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet.
3. When our skin is exposed to sunlight, it makes Vitamin D by breaking the cholesterol stored in the cell, which provides energy for the synthesis of Vitamin D.The importance of Vitamin K
1. Vitamin K is found in abundance in green leafy vegetables and their absorption into the bloodstream increases when consumed with fat.
2. It plays an important role in maintaining bone strength and helping our heart and brain to function properly.
3. Common sources of Vitamin K are kale, spinach, turnip greens, green leafy lettuce.
4. Some fatty, animal-based foods like egg yolk, liver and cheese also contain this nutrient.