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Do You Take K2 Too? It’s Vital for Artery and Bone Health!

by Paul Fassa
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(The 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 crumbling.

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 arteries.

Vitamin K2 is essential for healthy arteries and strong bones, and it also promotes skin, brain and prostrate health.

A recent discussion between Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue has pointed to another issue for those who supplement vitamin D3 orally instead of soaking it up from the sun.

Unless one has sufficient K2 blood levels, the heart can lose its elasticity from taking D3 supplements. There are issues of potential vitamin D3 toxicity from supplementing, and K2 will minimize that threat.

Mercola and Rheaume-Bleue recommend a proper balance of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D3 supplements with vitamin K2. Since there’s plenty of calcium going around in our diets, it’s probably wise to increase magnesium while making sure you get your K2 in with those D3 supplements. Just like magnesium, vitamin K2 is under-appreciated and under-consumed.

The two doctors reported that “...it seems likely 180 to 200 micrograms of vitamin K2 might be enough to activate your body’s K2-dependent proteins to shuttle calcium to the proper areas.” They also added that too much K2 is not a toxicity issue.

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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 it’s 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 properly.

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 container.

Vitamin K3 is comprised of menadione, which is a synthetic version of vitamin K. It’s used primarily for intravenous medical interventions with infants, sometimes with toxic side effects. K3 won't work as a nutritional supplement!

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 doesn’t 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 that’s 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. Don’t 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 natto’s fermented beneficial bacteria. Dosages of around 200 micograms (mcg) should be enough.

But it’s 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.

See also:

Natural Help for Osteoporosis

Healing and Preventing Heart Disease with Nutrition

The Best Years in Life Natural Heart and Cardiovascular Resources Page

The Best Years in Life Natural Bone Health Resources Page

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/16/vitamin-k2.aspx
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/

About the author:

Paul Fassa started looking into natural health to overcome his unhealthy lifestyle. Then he developed more interest as he researched his articles for Natural News and Align Life.

He is amazed at the ignorance of natural medicine and how beneficial foods and herbs are constantly ignored or vilified in order to promote toxic foods and meds by Big Pharma, the FDA, USDA, and the AMA, what he likes to call the "Medical Mafia".

His blog is
http://healthmaven.blogspot.com/ - "Healthmaven: Escape from the Medical Mafia Matrix." His Natural News articles can be reviewed here: http://www.naturalnews.com/Author712.html

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