Human Nutrition

Vitamin K1

Vitamin K1 is one of the premium ingredients BASF offers. Our vitamin K1 has world class stability, flowability and dispensability properties. Vitamin K1 is vital to good health, especially in bone development, and plays an important role in early life development.

Vitamin K1 is a fat-soluble vitamin and is vital to the development of healthy bones and teeth. More specifically, vitamin K1 plays an essential role in incorporating calcium phosphate into bones and is subsequently important for regular bone growth. It also plays a crucial role in blood clotting, since it activates blood clotting factors as well as coagulation-inhibiting factors.

Source of vitamin K1

Vitamin K1 is found in green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and salad.

Benefits of our vitamin K1

  • We offer vitamin K1 with premium properties such as outstanding flowability and stability for dietary supplements, beverage and food applications.
  • We supply vitamin K1 for applications in the infant nutrition and medical food fields.
  • We provide our global network of Human Nutrition labs with our first-class application services, tailor-made training and technical support for dietary supplements, functional nutrition, beverages and food applications, as well as for infant and medical nutrition.

What makes BASF's vitamin K1 unique?

Vitamin K1 is produced in BASF’s state-of-the-art facility in Ballerup, Denmark. There are two high-quality vitamin K1 powder grades available: Dry Vitamin K1 1% GFP and Dry Vitamin K1 5% GFP. All vitamin K1 products are certified as vegetarian, gelatin-free, kosher, halal, allergen free, and gluten free.


Our vitamin K1 is used in several dietary supplements, beverages and food applications as well as for infant nutrition and medical nutrition.

Health benefits of vitamin K1

Vitamin K plays an important role in a number of health functions, especially in early life stages. Vitamin K is vital to the development of bones and teeth, since it is a co-factor in the production of several bone proteins, the most abundant being osteocalcin. Vitamin K1 is essential for the synthesis of osteocalcin, which helps to incorporate calcium phosphate in bones. Osteocalcin, and consequently vitamin K1, are necessary for regular bone growth. Vitamin K also plays a crucial role in blood clotting as it activates blood clotting factors Il (prothrombin), VII, IX, and X, as well as coagulation inhibiting factors.

Vitamin K1 is used both in prevention and therapy of vitamin K deficiency. Vitamin K deficiency is particularly common in new-borns and babies fed exclusively with breast milk. Breast milk contains little vitamin K, so the ability of the child’s liver to store vitamin K is limited, and intestinal synthesis is not yet fully developed. Implications of Vitamin K deficiency can be avoided with a preventative dosage of vitamin K immediately after birth. Our gelatin-free dry powder vitamin K1 is primarily used in dietary supplement tablets and is also suitable for food and beverage fortification.

With dietary supplements, vitamin K1 is used in solid products containing vitamin K1 as the sole active ingredient, as well as in multivitamin and mineral preparations (e.g. tablets, sugar-coated tablets, instant drink granules, effervescent tablets and hard gelatin capsules). With food products, vitamin K1 is mainly used in the enrichment of food products for babies and children, (except for non-cereal-based infant food formulations in the EU), dietetic products, instant drink powders, dried milk, and multivitamin fruit juices and confectionery (e.g. multivitamin sweets).

Disclaimer: The data contained in this publication are based on our current knowledge and experience. In view of the many factors that may affect processing and application of our product, these data do not relieve processors from carrying out their own investigations and tests; neither do these data imply any guarantee of certain properties, nor the suitability of the product for a specific purpose. Any descriptions, drawings, photographs, data, proportions, weights, etc. given herein may change without prior information and do not constitute the agreed contractual quality of the product. It is the responsibility of the recipient of our products to ensure that any proprietary rights and existing laws and legislations are observed.

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