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Vitamin K protects the heart

Adults who consumed higher levels of vitamin K were less likely to have coronary heart disease (CHD) than were those who consumed lower levels, according to a new study. Researchers from The Netherlands analyzed the diets of 4,807 men and women aged 55 or older without a history of heart attack (myocardial infarction) and found that compared to those who consumed lower levels, those whose diets contained about 45 mcg of vitamin K per day were 42% less likely to die from CHD, were 17.5% less likely to die from all causes and were 40.5% less likely to have severe calcium buildup in the large artery (aortic calcification), a risk factor for CHD.

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