Are you one of the fortunate people who discuss vitamins and minerals with your doctor? Or are you one of the millions of unfortunate people whose doctors dismiss them as over hyped nonessential items used by crackpots?
Do you follow closely all reports of tests of vitamins on the human body? Do you seek information online and in the media? Have you learned all you can about Vitamin K2?
“Vitamin K “I hear you asking, “What is that?”. It is not exactly something you see printed in jumbo sized letters all over the consulting rooms and pharmacies in your area is it? I bet you have not received a letter box mailer encouraging you to learn all you can about this beneficial vitamin. Did you actually hear about it at the last supper or coffee morning you attended? NOPE I bet you didn’t!
So let me encourage you to learn about this vitamin, do some reading and research and perhaps you will even be able to educate your GP about it. We live in hope!
Vitamin K2 cleans calcium deposits from your arteries and deposits it in your bones, and you have most likely never heard of it? It’s almost like the old good news/bad news jokes. The good news is Vitamin K2 has been clinically proven to provide extraordinary benefits for bone health and cardiovascular health, plus it is a powerful anti-oxidant and some emerging science indicates it might help your joints and intestinal health. The bad news is that it is rather expensive to make and most multivitamins do not include it in formulations.
Forms of Vitamin K: Vitamin K is the name of a group of compounds that are all related to one another. The first one discovered was Phylloquinone or K1. In the last decade most of the research has turned to the more effective Menaquinones, or vitamin K2. The vitamin K2’s are further divided into MK-4, MK-7 and several other forms. Recent studies have shown vitamin MK-7 to be more complete and have additional heart condition benefits.
You Need Vitamin K but in most cases your body does not manufacture enough of it: A healthy intestinal tract can produce Vitamin K but in many cases it is not produced efficiently so it must be supplied by your food. Vitamin K is different from other fat soluble vitamins because it cannot be stored in the body either. It will almost always be necessary to get Vitamin K from your diet.
I know you are going to ask me if there is a healthy natural way to get this into your diet. Well of course there is – if you like fermented soybeans!
Natto, a typical breakfast food, is made from steamed and fermented soy beans. It’s use in Japan dates back hundreds of years to the age of Samurais who believed it increased their strength and quickened their reflexes.
Today about 7.5 billion packages of Natto are sold in Japan each year and Japanese health authorities have invested resources promoting regular use of Natto, including making it an integral part of the Japanese school breakfast programs. In the last ten years several studies have found natto, containing the active component vitamin K2, to increase bone mineral density and reduce bone fractures.
Unfortunately many people find the taste of Natto seriously unappealing.
K2 and Your Heart: K2 has been reported to decrease serum cholesterol and cholesterol deposits in the aorta, contributing to the suppression of atherosclerosis. Vitamin K2 has been linked to a reduction in coronary heart disease. In fact one very large and significant study conducted in the Netherlands in 2004 followed 4800 healthy men and women for ten years. It found vitamin K2 reduced the risk of coronary heart disease mortality by 50%! Aortic calcification was also reduced by 30-40% in this famous Rotterdam study. (link)
K2 Safety Concerns: If you take Coumadin, Heparin, or another anti-coagulant you should consult your physician before taking vitamin K2 supplements. Vitamin K2 helps normal coagulation of blood. High levels of K2 do not cause abnormal blood clotting.
This little vitamin, which you may never have known about, offers some wonderful help for your body. You can use your favourite search engine to uncover more information about this intriguing little vitamin – like I did to find:
Dietary vitamin K2 intake found to be inversely related to cancer risk
A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (March 24, 2010) reveals that vitamin K2, and not K1 has a role in the prevention of a variety of different forms of cancer.
Special K, the pharmaceutical Holy Grail – by LUCY ELKINS
What if there were a drug that not only reduced the risk of heart disease, but also protected against osteoporosis, reversed the effects of hardened arteries, fought off cancer, and reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s? It sounds like a pharmaceutical Holy Grail – but, in fact, this wonder pill already exists. However, it’s no medical drug but a vitamin, the little-known vitamin K.
Vitamin K may reverse arterial calcification – study By Stephen Daniells
Vitamin K2 higher bioavailability than K1, say scientists. Strong support for vitamin K’s bone health benefits More evidence for natto/ vitamin K bone health benefits
03/04/2007 – Arterial calcification, a process of hardening of the arteries, may be inhibited and even reversed with supplementation with high-dose vitamin K, suggests an animal study.
Atherosclerosis, known as hardening or furring of the arteries is a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the cause of over 50 per cent of deaths in Europe and the US and estimated to cost the economy …
“Given that arterial calcifications are predictive of cardiovascular events, regression of arterial calcification may help reduce to reduce the risk of death in people with chronic kidney disease and coronary artery disease,” wrote lead author Leon Schurgers from VitaK at Maastricht University.
Protection Against Arterial Calcification, Bone Loss, Cancer, and Aging!
By William Faloon
Predicting which nutrients will emerge as life-saving superstars can be challenging.
For example, a vitamin introduced just a decade ago is demonstrating profound anti-aging effects that extend far beyond its original indications.
Based on an abundance of positive findings, scientists have developed a more cost-effective form of this nutrient that enables it to stay in the body much longer than before.
The incredible news is that maintaining constant levels of this nutrient not only protects against atherosclerosis, but may reverse arterial calcification as well!
A wealth of studies published in 2008 reveals this same nutrient possesses anticancer properties while suppressing factors involved in common age-related diseases. LINK
Osteoporosis: High doses of Vitamin K2(45 mcg to 90 mcg. daily) were used to successfully to treat osteoporosis in Japan. These doses are 1000 times the RDA dosage. No side effects were seen. This therapy for osteoporosis should work well and using Synergy K is simpler than other therapies for osteoporosis. The addition of Vitamin D-3, calcium, magnesium, boron, strontium and silica(horsetail) will supply additional key nutrients needed to construct bone.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Approximately 25 percent of individuals appear to have genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease as they carry the E4 form of the lipoprotein apoE. These persons all have low levels of Vitamin K. Calcification of arteries to the brain is felt to be a component of Alzheimer’s Disease. Lack of the antioxidant benefits of K2 and exaggerated brain arterial calcification from lack of K2 might be contributing factors leading to Alzheimer’s Disease. Therapy with Vitamin K2 might turn out to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease or slow it’s progression.
Diabetes: The second highest concentration of Vitamin K in the human body is found in the pancreas. Japanese researchers have learned that inducing Vitamin K deficiency in animals produces Type II diabetes. This raises the possibility that taking Vitamin K2 therapy may improve blood sugar control in known diabetics as well as possibly preventing the development of diabetes in other persons.
Now I encourage you to do some reading. Research and follow the links I have provided, and find some of your own. You are the ONE person who has control of what goes into your body. Could you benefit from supplemental K2?