Vitamin K2 and Your Health
Vitamin K2 is a fat-soluble vitamin that until recently has not garnered much attention in the mainstream media. However, this dietary powerhouse is increasingly recognized for its role in supporting the health of all body systems.
Vitamin K2 is shown to have been an essential component of the health of the arteries and bones. While many people know the importance of getting enough calcium and vitamin D to support bone health, few are aware of the actions of Vitamin K in regulating the use of calcium in the body.
Vitamin K2 changes the ability of proteins in the body to attach to calcium, allowing it to be delivered where it needs to go in your body.
Vitamin K2 and the Health of Bones and Teeth
Vitamin K2 is vital for the health of your skeletal system because it helps to regulate where the calcium you consume in your diet is put in the body.
To maintain strong bones that are resistant to fracture, it is important that calcium is delivered into the osseous matrix, or the area inside the bones themselves. Without this calcium deposition, the bones are weak and more likely to fracture, and the teeth become soft and prone to cavities.
Maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin K2 helps your body store calcium in your bones and teeth. For this reason, taking vitamin K2 supplements is especially important in older adults and those at high-risk of injury from falls. It is also vitally important in those with osteoporosis.
Without sufficient intake of Vitamin K2, calcium may accumulate in the arteries and other unwanted areas of the body.
Vitamin K2 and Cardiac Health
Vitamin K is central to the health of the heart and the entire cardiovascular system.
Heart disease such as atherosclerosis is caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Plaque contains high concentrations of calcium. Arteries deliver blood to the tissues of the body and make sure they have enough oxygen, and the nutrients they need for optimum functioning.
Vitamin K2 prevents heart disease by reducing this unwanted and inappropriate calcium deposition in the arteries by helping to redirect it away from the arteries, and toward the bones and teeth.
If you have concerns about developing heart disease or want to lower your risk of heart attack, supplementation with Vitamin K2 is something you may want to consider.
Why Supplementing Vitamin K2 is So Important
Dietary sources of Vitamin K2 include animal products like liver, as well as fermented foods not commonly eaten in the west; such as natto.
Unfortunately, the low-nutrient Western diet almost never contains enough vitamin K2 to support optimal calcium deposition. This may - in part - explain the prevalence of cardiac disease and hip fractures in Western countries. Furthermore, many people follow diets that prevent them from eating these foods, such as veganism.
Supplementation with a highly bioavailable form of Vitamin K2 is more than sufficient to correct this dietary deficiency.
If you are concerned about having strong bones and a healthy heart well into your older years, consider daily Vitamin K2 supplementation.
Written by William Gaskill
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