NOTE: This test is ONLY AVAILABLE TO AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS.
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that functions as a cofactor in the production of blood coagulation factors (in the liver), osteocalcin (in bone), and matrix Gla-proteins (in cartilage and vessel walls), each resulting in the deposition of ionic calcium.
Monitoring vitamin K can help reduce risk of osteoporotic bone fractures, cardiovascular disease, and possibly some cancers by identifying individuals who may have a vitamin K deficiency.
Vitamin K Deficiency Symptoms
- Bruising and easy bruising
- Calcification of soft tissue
- Cardiovascular disease
- Epistaxis (nose bleeds)
- Bone fractures
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Mitochondria function (energy problems)
- Muscle contraction problems
- Problems associated to nerve health (Neurodegenerative diseases)
- Heart disease
- Cardiac function problems
- Menorrhagia (abnormally heavy bleeding at menstruation)
- Osteopenia (when the body doesn’t make new bone as quickly as it reabsorbs old bone)
- Liver diseases
- Multiple chronic diseases
About The Vitamin K Test
The vitamin K test can be done right near your home or office. Testing for vitamin K imbalances is really important due to it’s ability to prevent many serious health problems, the test includes:
- An authorized blood specimen order form that you take to your local accredited pathology for collection of your blood (Find a pathology near you here).
- A blood specimen test kit for the pathology to use to collect your blood sample
- Complete instructions for taking the test for you and the pathology
- The test is a vitamin K assay (Undercarboxylated Osteocalcin)
Test results are sent to one of our professional health practitioners within 2 business days for evaluation. Our practitioners contact you with the results and recommendations on any findings via email, mail or phone.