Vitamin K2 - The new wonder Vitamin for Bone and Heart Health

For all of you who saw Channel 9 News tonight... you would have had a great introduction to Vitamin K2, also known as Menaquinone. If you missed it or if you just want a recap then have a read of the following. We have compiled some great information on what Vitamin K2 is helpful for and how to take it. 

It has long been thought that Vitamin K1 and K2 were just simply different forms of the same vitamin. Recent research has proven that this just is not the case. Vitamin K1 has been popular on the retail market to assist with blood clotting, but the actions of K2 go far beyond activating clotting proteins in the liver. It has been found to be helpful in bone and heart health, as well as being beneficial for the skin, the brain and even the prostate. So where does this wonder vitamin come from?

If you're familiar with Vitamin K then your first thought was probably Dark Green Leafy Veg, but that is mainly sources of Vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 if mostly found in animal foods such as Egg Yolks, Chicken, Beef, Cheese and Butter (Organic Butter from pasture fed Cow's not your standard supermarket Butter). Other sources include fermented foods such as Natto (a Japanese fermented soy dish) and Sauerkraut. So unless you're vegetarian or vegan, you're most likely already getting plenty in your diet. So I'll bet now you're wondering what benefits you're getting from all that Vitamin K2 in your diet?

Vitamin K2 for healthy heart and bones

If you're familiar with Vitamin K then your first thought was probably Dark Green Leafy Veg, but that is mainly sources of Vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 if mostly found in animal foods such as Egg Yolks, Chicken, Beef, Cheese and Butter (Organic Butter from pasture fed Cow's not your standard supermarket Butter). Other sources include fermented foods such as Natto (a Japanese fermented soy dish) and Sauerkraut. So unless you're vegetarian or vegan, you're most likely already getting plenty in your diet. So I'll bet now you're wondering what benefits you're getting from all that Vitamin K2 in your diet?

For starters, Vitamin K2 may just be the breakthrough in bone health that we have been needing for a long time. So many people are aware of bone calcium loss with age, medications, menopause and many other lifestyle and ageing factors, but what can we do other than a good quality Calcium Supplement and some weight bearing exercise?! Well now we can add some Vitamin K2 into the mix. It has shown an ability to assist with calcium being deposited into the bones, where the body needs it the most. There just isn't any point in taking a Calcium supplement if it isn't being absorbed and utilised properly. Unabsorbed calcium can build up in your arteries causing strain on your heart and cardiovascular system, or it can form other such nasty deposits like kidney stones or very painful spurs. Taking Vitamin K2 alongside your calcium supplement can act to enhance it's absorption into the bones and teeth where your body needs it the most and help reduce your risk of breaks, fractures and osteoporosis as you age. 

Another way that Vitamin K2 acts to sort out calcium deposits in our body is by keeping it from building up in our arteries. This keeps our heart and blood vessels nice and soft and pliable which is important as they expand and contract to pump the blood through our veins. When calcium deposits in our arteries they become stiff and rigid and are more prone to damage when our blood pressure increases. The buildup in the arteries also runs the risk of dislodging at any time, turning us into a ticking time bomb. Once dislodged, there is no telling where it could get stuck and our risk of heart attack or a stroke increases significantly. With a little help from our friend Vitamin K2, we can help make sure that we are not causing premature calcification in our arteries. Obviously there are several other factors involved such as diet, lifestyle and other medication. Our qualified, in-store Naturopaths can help guide you as to other things you can do to help keep your heart nice and healthy as you age. 

Fact: A 2004 study showed that Calcification in the arteries was the most accurate predicting factor for heart disease. The study showed a dose related reduction in calcification in the arteries. The subjects in the higher third were 52% less likely to develop severe calcification in their arteries. Furthermore, this group was 41% less likely to develop heart disease, and on top of that, they were 57% less likely to die if they were unlucky enough to develop it. 

Now we do need to tell you that if you are on blood thinner's such as warfarin, Vitamin K2 supplements may not be for you unfortunately. Unless otherwise instructed from your doctor you can make sure to get a good amount of Vitamin K2 rich foods from your diet, but as far as supplement forms go you'll have to check with your doctor on that one. As always, if you're taking medication, check with your doctor first! Our Naturopaths can provide you some guidance but your doctor always needs to be informed of any and all natural supplements and herbs you are taking. 

If you're keen to try some Vitamin K2 then pop in store and check out Mena-Q-7. It's a high quality Vitamin K2 supplement sold exclusively at Go Vita health food stores starting from just $22.95. 

Couple with healthy bones

Another way that Vitamin K2 acts to sort out calcium deposits in our body is by keeping it from building up in our arteries. This keeps our heart and blood vessels nice and soft and pliable which is important as they expand and contract to pump the blood through our veins. When calcium deposits in our arteries they become stiff and rigid and are more prone to damage when our blood pressure increases. The buildup in the arteries also runs the risk of dislodging at any time, turning us into a ticking time bomb. Once dislodged, there is no telling where it could get stuck and our risk of heart attack or a stroke increases significantly. With a little help from our friend Vitamin K2, we can help make sure that we are not causing premature calcification in our arteries. Obviously there are several other factors involved such as diet, lifestyle and other medication. Our qualified, in-store Naturopaths can help guide you as to other things you can do to help keep your heart nice and healthy as you age. 

Fact: A 2004 study showed that Calcification in the arteries was the most accurate predicting factor for heart disease. The study showed a dose related reduction in calcification in the arteries. The subjects in the higher third were 52% less likely to develop severe calcification in their arteries. Furthermore, this group was 41% less likely to develop heart disease, and on top of that, they were 57% less likely to die if they were unlucky enough to develop it. 

Now we do need to tell you that if you are on blood thinner's such as warfarin, Vitamin K2 supplements may not be for you unfortunately. Unless otherwise instructed from your doctor you can make sure to get a good amount of Vitamin K2 rich foods from your diet, but as far as supplement forms go you'll have to check with your doctor on that one. As always, if you're taking medication, check with your doctor first! Our Naturopaths can provide you some guidance but your doctor always needs to be informed of any and all natural supplements and herbs you are taking. 

If you're keen to try some Vitamin K2 then pop in store and check out Mena-Q-7. It's a high quality Vitamin K2 supplement sold exclusively at Go Vita health food stores starting from just $22.95. 

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