Why Is Vitamin K Important in Babies?

Vitamin K is of key importance to our bodies. It is an essential nutrient for blood clotting and for maintaining the best possible health of our bones.

Caña Nature offers you 3 different types of guacamole (the original, low calorie and the option rich in vitamins A). Each one with fresh ingredients of incredible flavour, but with avocado as the main ingredient.

Avocado is a fruit that provides us with the precious vitamin K, along with other valuable vitamins such as vitamin C, E, B5 and B6.

In addition to guacamole, Caña Nature now also offers avocado pulp, with 99% fresh avocado in its recipe, ideal to accompany all kinds of food, whether salads, meats, on toast or even in a sandwich.

Vitamin K and its importance for babies

Vitamin K has also become popular in relation to newborns. Many babies are deficient in this vitamin, mainly due to low storage levels.

Vitamin K deficiency, especially in infants, presents a risk of developing haemorrhagic disease. For this reason, it is often considered to be given directly to the newborn by injection of an intramuscular dose, varying from 0.5 to 1 mg.

Towards the end of the 20th century, this practice was criticised on the grounds that there was a link between this injection and childhood cancer. Since then, many studies have analysed this possible relationship without finding any link between them.

To avoid misinformation among parents, all kinds of health organisations such as Healthy Children emphasise the importance of providing the necessary amount of vitamin K to babies.

Vitamin K and the rest of the world

Of course, we don’t just need vitamin K when we are born – it’s important throughout our lives!

We can get it from foods such as avocados and take advantage of all its properties for many aspects of our health, especially our blood pressure.

As adults, vitamin K deficiency can increase the risk of hypertension. As with other diseases, factors such as being overweight, cardiovascular problems or even stress can make this situation even more dangerous.

Bones are another key beneficiary of vitamin K. Both in the growth stage, as well as to maintain the best possible strengthening. With the right amount of this vitamin, we can avoid suffering from related problems such as osteoporosis.

In addition, vitamin K is also useful for the eyes, as it reduces the probability of suffering cataracts.

Where can you find vitamin K apart from avocados?

Avocado, whether eaten directly or as part of delicious recipes such as guacamole, is not the only food with vitamin K, although its taste alone makes it a priority when choosing where to get it.

Vitamin K can also be found in many other vegetables and fruits. In other foods, a small amount can be found in chicken, ham, beef, molluscs, crustaceans and even tuna in oil.

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