You Take K2 Too? Itís Vital for
Artery and Bone Health!
by Paul Fassa
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Best Years in Life) Inadequate
levels of vitamin K2 leads to
hardening of the arteries
(arteriosclerosis) and osteoporosis.
There appears to be a direct
relationship between excess calcium
in the blood and inadequate calcium
in the bones.
Even MD heart specialists are
beginning to realize that arterial
calcification from calcium that is
not absorbed into the bones causes
more heart and cardiovascular
problems than cholesterol or other
fats. The cholesterol myth is
Meanwhile, calcium fortified foods
and supplements are promoted and
consumed to create excess calcium.
This causes more heart health issues
and even winds up weakening bone
matter if magnesium and other
minerals are deficient.
Vitamin K2 with MK-7 moves excessive
arterial calcium into bone tissue
where it belongs and is needed while
removing it from arteries where it
can calcify and cause
arteriosclerosis or hardening of the
What is Vitamin K?
There are three kinds of vitamin K:
K1, K2, and K3. Vitamin K is
generally classified as a fat
soluble vitamin. This means in order
to absorb vitamin K itís necessary
to consume some dietary fat along
with your Vitamin K source.
The different vitamin Ks are
distinguished by their side chains,
basic compounds of which they are
made. Vitamin K1 is made of
phylloquinone compounds, and is
necessary for blood to coagulate
Vitamin K2 is essentially comprised
of a group of compounds called
manaquiones. With K2, there are
different manaquione side chain
lengths manifesting different
characteristics. The MK-7 variety is
the most easily metabolized form of
K2. If you use K2 supplements, make
sure you see MK-7 listed on the
Vitamin K3 is comprised of menadione,
which is a synthetic version of
vitamin K. Itís used primarily for
intravenous medical interventions
with infants, sometimes with toxic
side effects. K3 won't work as a
Vitamin K1 was discovered in Germany
in 1929 and named koagulation, which
we know as coagulation. Vitamin K1
is found in plants, especially leafy
greens like spinach, chard, kale,
salad greens, parsley, mustard
greens and broccoli to name a few.
K2 is the Vitamin K that strongly
supports heart and bone health. Most
vitamin K typically eaten in Western
diets involves the MK-4 variety,
which doesnít confer the same heart
benefits as the MK-7 version.
The best food source of vitamin K2
with MK-7 is natto, a fermented soy
dish thatís been part of the
traditional Japanese diet for the
past 1000 years. But it demands an
acquired taste among westerners.
The best sources of vitamin K2 with
MK-7 for western palates are found
in fermented foods like sauerkraut,
fermented cheeses and grass fed
dairy foods as well as grass fed
livestock organ meats. A Dutch study
also found the MK-7 form of vitamin
K2 in Edam cheese.
Fermented cheeses like Edam cheese
are populated throughout with small
holes and crevices, similar to the
way sourdough (fermented) bread
turns out. Donít mistake the large
holes of Swiss cheese as an
indicator of fermentation.
Inadequate intestinal bacteria may
keep you from assimilating K2.
Vitamin K supplements derived from
natto may provide the benefits of
nattoís fermented beneficial
bacteria. Dosages of around 200
micograms (mcg) should be enough.
But itís wise to have fermented
foods and/or beverages or probiotic
supplements with K2 supplements for
many reasons in addition to K2
assimilation. Most good or bad
health is determined in the gut.
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Edam Cheese is Heart-Healthy http://www.medkb.com/Uwe/Forum.aspx/cardiology/12411/Edam-cheese-is-heart-healthyl
The Healthy Skeptic http://thehealthyskeptic.org/vitamin-k2-the-missing-nutrient/