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Complete List of Foods That Contain Vitamin K

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author image Erica Kannall
Erica Kannall is a registered dietitian and certified health/fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine. She has worked in clinical nutrition, community health, fitness, health coaching, counseling and food service. She holds a Bachelor of Science in clinical dietetics and nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh.
Complete List of Foods That Contain Vitamin K
Spinach is a good source of vitamin K. Photo Credit DAJ/amana images/Getty Images

Vitamin K is an essential nutrient for maintaining proper blood clotting and healthy bones. It's a fat-soluble vitamin present naturally in many foods. Healthy bacteria that live in your intestines can also manufacture vitamin K. Your body can store vitamin K in the liver and fat tissues, making deficiency rare. You do need to limit your vitamin K intake, however, when taking certain medications, such as blood thinners.

Leafy Greens

Complete List of Foods That Contain Vitamin K
Leafy greens are a rich source of vitamin K. Photo Credit Victor Martello/iStock/Getty Images

Leafy green vegetables are one of the richest dietary sources of vitamin K. This category includes kale, spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, turnip greens, spinach and leaf lettuce. These greens contain anywhere from 265 to 531 micrograms of vitamin K per 1/2 cup cooked and 116 to 299 micrograms per cup raw. According to the Institute of Medicine, men need at least 120 micrograms of vitamin K per day, and women need at least 90 micrograms per day.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Complete List of Foods That Contain Vitamin K
A cup of cooked broccoli or brussels sprouts supplies you with roughly 220 micrograms of vitamin K. Photo Credit zkruger/iStock/Getty Images

Other cruciferous vegetables also provide vitamin K. A cup of cooked broccoli or brussels sprouts supplies you with roughly 220 micrograms of vitamin K. A cup of raw broccoli gives you 89 micrograms, and 1/2 cup of cooked cabbage yields 82 micrograms. In addition to vitamin K, these vegetables provide you with antioxidants, fiber, minerals and other vitamins needed to support your overall health.

Fruit Sources

Complete List of Foods That Contain Vitamin K
Raw blueberries and blackberries can provide you with vitamin K as well. Photo Credit Monkey Business Images/Monkey Business/Getty Images

A few fruits provide vitamin K as well. Eating 1/4 cup of prunes gives you 26 micrograms of vitamin K. A cup of raw blueberries or blackberries gives you 29 micrograms of the nutrient. Kiwis, grapes, pomegranates, currants, avocados, cranberries, pears, melons and apricots also provide small amounts of vitamin K.

Animal Products

Complete List of Foods That Contain Vitamin K
Animal products and seafood have very limited amounts of vitamin K in them. Photo Credit RusN/iStock/Getty Images

Animal products and seafood contain very small amounts of vitamin K. They typically provide no more than 5 micrograms of the vitamin per serving. Cheese, eggs, milk, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, tuna, mackerel and shrimp all contain small amounts of vitamin K. Clams, other shellfish and anchovies have trace amounts of the vitamin as well.

Grain Products

Complete List of Foods That Contain Vitamin K
Some grain-based foods will provide you with small quantities of vitamin K. Photo Credit Nikolay Trubnikov/iStock/Getty Images

Grain-based foods also provide you with very small quantities of vitamin K. Sandwich bread, dinner rolls, English muffins, biscuits, hamburger buns and bagels have 1 to 11 micrograms of vitamin K per 100-gram serving. Most breakfast cereals contain between 1 and 5 micrograms of vitamin K. Baked goods made from flour, such as cakes, cookies, doughnuts and muffins, give you 4 to 15 micrograms of the vitamin.

Oils and Fats

Complete List of Foods That Contain Vitamin K
Canola and soybean oil also contain vitamin K. Photo Credit Ewa Brozek/iStock/Getty Images

According to the University of North Carolina, canola and soybean oil contain 20 to 27 micrograms of vitamin K per tablespoon. Other vegetable oils, such as olive, peanut, safflower, sunflower and sesame, have 2 to 4 micrograms of vitamin K. Mayonnaise and margarine contain moderate levels of vitamin K as well.

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