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222: Vitamin K and Clotting Risk When Not on Anticoagulants

Masterjohn Q&A Files Episode 222


Question: Vitamin K and Clotting Risk When Not on Anticoagulants

There's essentially not a trade-off because if you're not on vitamin K antagonist anticoagulants; in theory, there shouldn't be any effect of vitamin K supplements on clotting at all. The one caveat to that is that you might be relatively vitamin K deficient now and not realize it. So it is within possibility that you're not meeting your own personal vitamin K requirement to maximize clotting, but that's very, very unlikely because in population studies, almost no one falls into this category. But if that were true, then essentially, vitamin K supplementation would bring you up to a normal level of clotting, which may or may not affect the cardiologist's assessment of whether you should be on anticoagulants. 

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083: Ask Me Anything About Nutrition, June 10, 2021

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