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Vitamin K levels present in dark green vegetables may interfere with warfarin (anti-coagulant) therapy.

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Summary Introduction

To examine: Whether the statement “Vitamin K levels present in dark green vegetables may interfere with warfarin (anti-coagulant) therapy” is true or false.

Introduction: Vitamin K is naturally found in green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, and spinach. It helps in blood clotting by its carboxylation reaction and by playing a vital role in synthesis of blood-clotting proteins. Warfarin (anti-coagulant) or coumadin act as blood-thinners. Warfarin is used in patients with thrombosis, pulomonary embolism, and patients with a risk for stroke.

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Vitamin K is found in dark leafy vegetables and helps in coagulation of blood which is a mechanism called in for blood clotting. Warfarin (anti-coagulant) has blood-thinning properties. Vitamin K may cause problems during Warfarin therapy because vitamin K inhibits the blood thinning process as it has blood clotting properties...

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