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By Marilyn, on June 13th, 2012

I made a new discovery.  I just realized that I did not have to walk around with deep dark circles under my eyes (have had for a very long time) or the bad spider veins on my legs from childbirth and being overweight.

I started using a roll stick (Garnier) for my dark circles and a cream with Provita-K-Complex™(Freeman) for my spider veins.  Both have given me results.  I heard about the dark circle roller by testing done by Dr. Oz’s staff.  They recommended the cheaper Garnier that contains caffeine.  It has worked well for me.  I just came across the Freeman ‘s Vita-K when I was looking for something else.  It has really helped the spider veins on my feet—taking longer on the mass of spider veins on my knees.  They have been there a long time, so not as hopeful for those.

Vitamin K may be applied topically, typically as a 5% cream, to diminish postoperative bruising from cosmetic surgery and injections, to treat broken capillaries (spider veins), to treat rosacea, and to aid in the fading of hyperpigmentation and dark under-eye circles.” -Wikipedia – Vitamin K

I thought that maybe taking Vitamin K might speed that up.  Through my reading one does not to really take a supplement because if you eat lots of leafy green vegetables, you get enough.  The Japanese are using Vitamin K to help with osteoporosis.  Again, most people do not need to take a supplement.

Here’s some more information about Vitamin K from the NIH:

“Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin.


Vitamin K is known as the clotting vitamin, because without it blood would not clot. Some studies suggest that it helps maintain strong bones in the elderly.

Food Sources

The best way to get the daily requirement of vitamin K is by eating food sources. Vitamin K is found in the following foods:

  • Green leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, turnip greens, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, parsley, romaine, and green leaf lettuce
  • Vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage
  • Fish, liver, meat, eggs, and cereals (contain smaller amounts)

Vitamin K is also made by the bacteria that line the gastrointestinal tract.

Side Effects

Vitamin K deficiency is very rare. It occurs when the body can’t properly absorb the vitamin from the intestinal tract. Vitamin K deficiency can also occur after long-term treatment with antibiotics.

People with vitamin K deficiency are usually more likely to have bruising and bleeding.

If you take blood thinning drugs (such as anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs), you may need to limit vitamin K foods. You should know that vitamin K or foods containing vitamin K can affect how these drugs work.

It is important for you to keep vitamin K levels in your blood about the same from day to day. Ask your health care provider how much vitamin K-containing foods you should eat.”

This information should not take the place of medical advice.  Talk to your health care provider about your interest in, questions about, or use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health.