vitamin-k.jpg According to recent studies, vitamin K may be able to help in preventing wrinkles. Scientists studied the effects of vitamin K on patients suffering from pseudoxanthoma elasticum and found that the consumption of this vitamin improved the elasticity of their skin. Earlier studies had also shown the beneficial effects of vitamin K on skin aging.

Study Findings
a. Vitamin K fights the aging of skin and emergence of wrinkles by protecting the elasticity of the skin.
b. It is especially beneficial for patients of pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE), an inherited condition that causes severe wrinkling of the facial and body skin.
c. A recent study proved that, in PXE patients, the Matrix γ-carboxyglutamic acid protein (MGP) inhibits calcium precipitation.
d. This protein is activated by an enzyme dependant on vitamin K.
e. Earlier studies showed that people who are unable to metabolise vitamin K exhibit symptoms of PXE.
f. Hence, it is concluded that vitamin K plays an important role in wrinkling of skin.
g. However, the exact link between vitamin K and skin elastin in people who do not suffer from PXE is not known.

Sources of Vitamin K
a. There are two main types of vitamin K - vitamin K1 and vitamin K2.
b. Vitamin K1 is found in green leafy vegetables like lettuce, broccoli and spinach.
c. A western diet has about 90 per cent of this vitamin.
d. Vitamin K2 is about 10 per cent of total vitamin K consumption of the western population.
e. This vitamin can be found in animal meat cheese and natto.