We often hear about the importance of getting enough vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, or vitamin D. But how often do we hear about vitamin K? It is not as popular as some of the other more common vitamins. But it turns out that it is very necessary for your body to function properly. So, here is a brief explanation of what vitamin K does for the body, and some good sources of vitamin K, many of which we can find right here in Arizona!

According to registered dietician Caroline Passerrello, “Vitamin K is most known for its role in blood clotting and it also plays a role in bone formation and maintaining heart and eye health.” A few other benefits that vitamin K provides include improved memory and cognitive health, and a healthy gut microbiome.

So, what are some good sources of vitamin K? Overall, leafy greens are the best source of vitamin K, but here is a broader list: 

  • Broccoli 
  • Cauliflower 
  • Sauerkraut
  • Prunes
  • Kiwi
  • Hard cheeses
  • Avocado
  • Soybean oil
  • Egg yolks
  • Liver
  • Duck
  • Blackberries & blueberries 

Lucky for us, it’s easy to get fresh, locally grown broccoli, cauliflower, and leafy greens here in Arizona, thanks to Yuma’s perfect growing climate! So, the next time that you’re out at the grocery store or farmers market, pick up a nice variety of green veggies and get your daily serving of vegetables, as well as a good dose of vitamin K! 

Want to find locally grown produce from a farmers’ market? Check out this list of farmers' markets from Fill Your Plate!