So there has been a lot of buzz around Vitamin K2 lately! But what is all the fuss about? Why has this magical vitamin got people so excited?
The answer lies in the way Vitamin K2 helps to maintain strong healthy bones, as well as protect against cardiovascular disease.
Recent studies have shown that taking K2 can decrease bone loss in postmenopausal women.[i] This is exciting news, as bone loss is a very real problem faced by many women!
How does Vitamin K2 do this?
Working synergistically with Calcium and Vitamin D, we are discovering that Vitamin K2 is a key factor in regulating calcium in the body. This is critical, as it stops the calcium from forming plaque in the arteries, and directs the calcium [iv]to where the body needs it most, such as your bones and teeth.
Deficiencies in K2 has been linked to a decrease in bone mineral density. Adequate Vitamin K is therefore critical for bone mineral retention and the prevention of bone fractures.[v]
Where do we get Vitamin K2 from?
Interestingly, Vitamin K2 is actually made in your own body! The bacteria that lines your gastrointestinal tract produce considerable quantities of it, but how much we actually absorbed from this is unclear.
Further, we are also able to convert some of the Vitamin K1 consumed through our diet into K2. Foods such as spinach, broccoli, kale, green asparagus and other dark green vegetables provide good amounts of K1. Unfortunately however K1 can be quite tricky for the body to absorb. For example, let’s take cooked spinach, only 20% of K1 from a serving will be absorbed and only if it is served with fat. Almost nothing will be absorbed from uncooked spinach – you can start to see the difficulties! Typical American diets have also been found to be low in foods rich in K1, which can lead to a deficiency in Vitamin K2.
What’s the easiest way to maintain healthy levels of K2?
One of the best food sources of K2 is the Japanese fermented food, Natto. However, if you are not a fan of fermented soybeans, than an easier way to increase your K2 is by taking a good quality bone health vitamin supplement. The best calcium supplement should contain Vitamin K2, Calcium, Vitamin D and Magnesium.
Our premium Bone Support formula contains 45mcg of Vitmain K2 in a calcium complex. K2 works synergistically with Vitamin D3, which is why 1000IU of Vitamin D has been included in the formula. With 10 other vitamins and minerals which are essential for good bone health (such as Magnesium, Boron and Zinc), the combination of vitamins and minerals used in Bone Support make it the perfect practitioner quality supplement to help reduce your risk of developing Osteoporosis and build strong bones for life!
Vitamin K2 is emerging as a key ingredient in regulating calcium in the body. If you have any questions or would like any further information, please drop us a line or leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you.
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[ii] Iwamoto J, Takeda T, Ichimura S. Combined treatment with vitamin K2 and bisphosphonate in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Yonsei Med J. 2003 Oct 30;44(5):751-6.
[iii] Geleijnse JM, Vermeer C, Grobbee DE, et al. Dietary intake of menaquinone is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease: the Rotterdam Study. J Nutr. 2004 Nov;134(11):3100-5.
[v] Martin Kohlmeier, Nutrient Metabolism, Elsevier Ltd, 2003