Nutrition & Dieting/warfarin and vitamin k

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The information on the internet is vast and difficult to sort through. I am on warfarin and am looking for a list of foods and their vitamin k levels.  I am trying to eat a consistent diet but would like to make informed, smart choices. Any suggestions would be appreciated, thank you for your time.

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Hi Mary,

I'm pleased to hear you received the correct education, which is to maintain a consistent intake of vitamin K and NOT to avoid vitamin K foods!

Here is a reputable list of vitamin K content of foods from a university (Anytime there is ".edu" on a website--as opposed to ".com"-- it's from a university and I deem this information to be far more reputable than blogs or sites with contributions from people who are not necessarily professionals in the field).

http://healthcare.utah.edu/thrombosis/patients/warfarin/WarfarinGuide_vitaminK.p

For the most part, the best way to maintain a consistent intake is to not greatly vary your intake of leafy greens: For example, going on a diet where you suddenly start having spinach salad every day! This could definitely throw your coumadin/K balance off.

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions, and kudos to you for paying close attention to your dietary and medication regimen :)

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