Vitamin K Levels May Affect Lung Function, Study Finds
The lungs are essential to the body’s survival, and many factors can influence their ability to function. The results of a recent study indicate that people with lower levels of vitamin K may be at a higher risk for diminished lung function and may be more likely to report conditions that impact breathing. People can increase their vitamin K levels by consuming more foods rich in vitamin K, such as leafy greens and beef liver, and consulting with professionals for appropriate guidance.
A recent study examined how vitamin K levels in the body may influence lung function and saw that low levels may negatively impact respiratory health, increasing the risk of developing lung conditions. For the study, the researchers looked at levels of a distinct biomarker as an indicator of vitamin K levels. The participants with lower vitamin K levels were at a higher risk for poorer lung function measurements. They were also at a higher risk for reporting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and wheezing.
- Participants with lower vitamin K levels had poorer lung function
- Lower vitamin K levels were associated with an increased risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and wheezing
The study included just over 4,000 participants and used an indirect method to measure vitamin K levels in the body. The researchers looked at a specific protein called matrix Gla Protein (MGP) as an indicator of vitamin K levels. Higher levels of the inactive form of this protein, dephosphorylated-uncarboxylated MGP (dp-ucMGP), indicated lower levels of vitamin K.
Limitations and Future Research
The study had certain limitations, including the inability to prove causation between low vitamin K levels and lung disorders. The researchers also did not have information on participants’ dietary intake or supplemental intake of vitamin K. Future studies could include long-term data collection and a more diverse participant pool.
This study adds to the growing body of research on the importance of vitamin K and its role in the body. Consuming foods rich in vitamin K, such as leafy greens and beef liver, can help increase vitamin K levels and potentially improve lung function. Further research is needed to explore the potential benefits of vitamin K supplements for lung health.