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Find out the exact amount of Vitamin K (in micrograms) of almost a thousand common foods! Listed both alphabetically and then in order of the amount of Vitamin K in the food, this downloadable list will help you know exactly how much Vitamin K you're eating. Just $4.95 for the eBook or $12.95 for the paperback book! Shop now!
The lists of foods below will give you more information on the Vitamin K levels in various foods. Print them out and use them as a handy guide to what you can eat!
Brief : A short list
of commonly-used foods with their relative Vitamin K
levels (Low, Medium, High)
Medium : A much longer list of foods, with their relative Vitamin K levels (Low, Medium, High)
Extensive : The same longer list as the Medium document, but with exact levels of Vitamin K in mcgs.
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There's an easy way to find out about the nutrition content of any food. Just use the USDA National Nutrient Database.
By entering an ingredient and following the steps this website will report the complete nutritional values of any ingredient and many prepared foods. The Vitamin K content is the last listing at the bottom of the Vitamins section. If it is not there, the food or ingredient that you searched on doesn't contain enough Vitamin K to be reported.
Spring is finally here are it's time for something light and fresh. This means making more salads and it's easy to have fresh, healthy, Coumadin friendly salads.
Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!
Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
If you want to manage your Vitamin K intake, lose weight, lower your cholesterol or just learn how to eat healthy, you've found the right place. My free, interactive diet planner, The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan, will help you create weekly meal plans - complete with recipes and shopping lists - to make eating better easy for you and your entire family.
The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan is perfect for those with food allergies or health issues like GERD / acid reflux, lactose intolerance, and gluten sensitivity.
Those who are on Coumadin (warfarin) will find that keeping your Vitamin K levels stable - and therefore your INR levels stable - will be easier than ever. The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan is designed to supply you with the recommended daily amount of Vitamin K each and every day.
The main dietary concern of taking warfarin (common brand name: Coumadin) has to do with the amount of vitamin K in your diet. Vitamin K changes the way warfarin affects the blood. When you eat foods that are high in vitamin K, you can decrease the effect of warfarin. Likewise, eating less vitamin K can increase the effect of the medication.
The key is to try to eat a similar amount of foods that contain vitamin K each day. Don’t make any major changes to your diet without speaking with your doctor. If you want to lose weight, eat a lower fat diet or become a vegetarian, your doctor would want to know about these changes to help manage your warfarin.
Leafy green vegetables tend to contain higher amounts of vitamin K and one rule of thumb is to suspect that green veggies, cabbages and lettuces are high in Vitamin K. Also certain legumes like peanuts and peas might cause problems. Certain vegetable oils have high amounts of vitamin K.
Foods that are low in vitamin K include roots, bulbs, tubers, some fruits and fruit juices. Cereals, grains and other milled products are also low in vitamin K.
Keep in mind that the amount of foods you eat with vitamin K add up. So if you eat more foods that contain medium amounts of vitamin K in a particular day, your vitamin K intake will be high for that day.
You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking warfarin because alcohol can change the way your body responds to the medicine. Talk with your doctor about this. He or she may tell you that it’s fine to drink alcohol but may want you to have a similar amount of alcohol each day so that your blood levels of warfarin remain stable.
Should you avoid cranberry
juice on Coumadin (warfarin)?
Interestingly, a cup of cranberry juice cocktail has only 2.5 micrograms (mcg) of Vitamin K. There have been some case reports that cranberry juice can have an effect on INR levels, however. More....
How many micrograms
of Vitamin K can I have in one day?
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Vitamin K is 85 micrograms (mcg) per day. Most physicians recommend trying to keep levels no higher than this as a consequence of the effect that higher doses can have on INR levels. More....
My husband has
diabetes and is on Coumadin (warfarin). How can I help him eat healthy?
The first step is for you and your husband to speak with your physician about the number of calories he should be eating each day. Many physicians have a dietitian available to their patients. Such referrals are especially helpful and if possible, you should go to the appointment with your husband. More....
Can I use these nutritional supplements while
You should absolutely avoid such supplements while taking warfarin. There is very little solid research done on supplements and you are putting yourself at very high risk by taking them along with your Coumadin®. There is with the other medications you are taking as well. More....
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