Monday, March 26, 2018

Candida albicans and vitamin K deficiency

Vitamin K deficiency decreases levels of prothrombin and other vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors causing effective coagulation and potential bleeding.

Candida (systemic yeast) infections have been linked to vitamin K deficiencies. An overgrowth of candida albicans or other kinds of yeast can crowd out the helpful bacteria/natural flora in the digestive tract that make vitamin K.

Candida albicans normally cannot grow inside the intestine with well-established natural flora because they cannot compete with the resident bacteria.

It colonizes in the intestine as a result o other infection, antibiotic use, or intestine-damaging food sensitivity reaction. An antibacterial drug may destroy the normal bacterial flora without affecting the fungal organism. As a result, Candida albicans can proliferate and cause infection. Much of the normal flora can cause disease under certain conditions especially in elderly, debilitated or immune-suppressed.

People who eat a lot of sugary foods, an unusually high proportion of alkaline foods and/or take antibiotics tend to be at high risk for Candida infections.
Candida albicans and vitamin K deficiency
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