Vitamin K2: For Osteoporosis And Cardiovascular Disease

Vitamin K2: For Osteoporosis And Cardiovascular Disease

Vitamin K2 Can Prevent Osteoporosis

Vitamin K2 researcher Dr. Cees Vermeer, is one of the world’s top researchers in the field of vitamin K. He discovered that nearly everyone is deficient in vitamin K, just like most are deficient in vitamin D. Dr. Vermeer led a research team that studied vitamin K2 menaquinone-7 for three years and found the most significant bone health finding in recent history. His team discovered that vitamin K2, taken daily for the long-term such as a multivitamin, can prevent osteoporosis in women, even after menopause.

When Dr. Vermeer was asked what is the difference between vitamin K1 and K2 with regards to bone loss, he stated, “Vitamins K1 and K2 share the same cofactor function for protein carboxylation, but the more lipophilic character of K2 makes its transport in the human body different. Vitamin K1 is preferentially transported to the liver, where it is involved in blood clotting factor synthesis. Vitamin K2, on the other hand, is incorporated into low density lipoproteins and transported to extrahepatic tissues including bone.” You can read an interview with Dr. Vermeer regarding the K2 experiment HERE in PDF format.

Vitamin K2 Can Prevent Heart Disease

During the same study in Rotterdam which lasted between (1990-1993) and involved 4807 subjects . Dr. Vermeer and a team of scientists discovered that supplementing with K vitamins significantly reduced the risk of heart disease. The study is posted in The Journal Of Nutrition. HERE

Vitamin K2Main dietary sources of phylloquinone (K1) in the study were green leafy vegetables and vegetable oils. Menaquinone (K2) was present in meats and eggs, fish, sauerkraut, cheese, and other dairy produce. Fermented soybean (natto) is also rich source of K2. You can obtain all the K2 you’ll need (about 200 mg) by eating 15 grams of natto daily, which is half an ounce. Gouda and Brie cheeses each contain about 75 mcg of vitamin K2 per ounce and Edam is even higher.

Calcium Supplements To Improve Bone Density

Elderly people and women who have gone through the menopause, often take calcium supplements to keep their bones healthy and free from osteoporosis. However, its been discovered that taking calcium supplements on their own or with vitamin D can cause calcification of the arteries.

Dr. Robert Thompson, M.D. wrote a book on this subject called The Calcium Lie, which explains that bone is comprised of at least a dozen minerals, and the exclusive focus on calcium supplementation is likely to worsen bone density and actually increase your risk for osteoporosis. He states, ” Over consumption of calcium creates other mineral deficiencies and imbalances that will increase your risk of heart disease, kidney stones, gallstones, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, obesity and type 2 diabetes.”

Taking High Doses Of Calcium In Isolation

Vitamin K2Taking calcium on its own without the D3, K2 and magnesium can have adverse effects, such as building up in the coronary arteries, initiating excessive clotting and causing heart attacks. Research published in Atherosclerosis found that high dietary intake of vitamin K2 is associated with reduced hardening of the arteries, a result that should also lessen your risk of heart disease.

Most people get enough vitamin K from their diets to maintain adequate blood clotting, but not enough to offer protection against health problems like arterial calcification and cardiovascular disease. Yet, as the study above showed, adequate amounts of the right type of vitamin K may offer immense benefits to your heart health, including reducing coronary calcification and thereby decreasing your risk of CVD.

Calcium From Food

Dr. Mercola states on his blog about K2 that, “Calcium, in particular, is better utilized by your body if it’s food-based calcium. Good sources include raw milk and cheese from pasture-raised cows (who eat plants), leafy green vegetables, the pith of citrus fruits, carob, sesame seeds and wheat grass, to name a few. Calcium from dietary sources is typically better absorbed and utilized than calcium from supplements, which may increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.” Same for D3, natural sunlight is the best way to produce D in the body. Read what Dr Mercola has written about vitamin K2 HERE

It appears that as we get older we need more vitamin K2 in order to keep our bones and heart healthy. If we can get our vitamins through natural means all the better. We must strive for balance in our food intake as well as making sure our supplements are balanced and working in synergy. Balance is the name of the game.

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