According to the Mayo Clinic, although most bruises are harmless and go away without treatment, easy bruising can sometimes be a sign of more serious health problems. Read on to discover the reason behind easy bruising and what you can do to remedy the situation.
Most bruises form when small blood vessels (capillaries) near the skin’s surface are broken by the impact of an injury, often on the arms or legs. When this happens, blood leaks out of the vessel and initially appears as a bright or dark red, purple or black mark. Eventually your body reabsorbs the blood and the mark disappears, explains the Mayo Clinic.
But, if you bruise easily, a minor bump can cause substantial discoloration. Luckily, there’s something you can do about this as it points to a bigger problem: Vitamin K deficiency.
Vitamin K: The key to treating easy bruising
According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing
, if you bruise easily, supplemental vitamin K is a good idea as easy bruising is one physical sign of a mild to moderate deficiency of the vitamin.
What’s the dosage?
“It’s definitely safe and worth a try to use supplemental vitamin K (5 to 10mg daily) to try to stop the problem. There are several combination forms of the vitamins K (which might also be termed the ‘vitamin K complex’) that contain vitamin K1 along with vitamin K2,” says Dr Wright.
It’s important to bear in mind that easy bruising can also be due to a lack of flavonoids which help keep your small blood vessels strong.
The best sources of flavonoids are: Onion, kale, green bean, broccoli, celery, cranberry and orange juice.
Increasing your vitamin K intake and flavonoids could be the solution to treating your easy bruising.