Featuring Vitamin K2
Quick facts about current scientific research into the importance of Vitamin K2
(Please note disclaimer at bottom of page):
- Vitamin K2 intake has been associated with 40 to 50 percent less incidence of cardiovascular disease (Geleijnse et al., 2004, pp. 3100-3105). However, studies showed that intake of Vitamin K1 had no effect on cardiovascular disease outcomes.
- Vitamin K2 is theorized to be used by the body’s tissues to deposit calcium in appropriate locations, such as in the bones and teeth, and prevent it from depositing in locations where it does not belong, such as the soft tissues (Spronk et al., 2003, pp. 531-537).
- A significant amount of evidence suggests that humans require preformed K2 in the diet to obtain and maintain optimal health.
- The strongest indication that humans require preformed vitamin K2 in the diet is that epidemiological and intervention studies both show its superiority over K1. Intake of K2 is inversely associated with heart disease in humans while intake of K1 is not (Geleijnse et al., 2004, pp. 3100-3105).
- Vitamin K2 is at least three times more effective than vitamin K1 at activating proteins related to skeletal metabolism. (Schurgers et al., 2007) And remember that in the study on vitamin K2′s role in treating prostate cancer, which I mentioned at the beginning of this article, vitamin K1 had no effect. in the diet to obtain and maintain optimal health. The strongest indication that humans require preformed vitamin K2 in the diet is that epidemiological and intervention studies both show its superiority over K1.
- Vitamin K2 is at least three times more effective than vitamin K1 at activating proteins related to skeletal metabolism. (Schurgers et al., 2007).
- Vitamin K is essential to mineral utilization.
- The K2 form of this vitamin is 20 times more effective than regular Vitamin K
Most people have heard that Vitamin K helps in blood clotting and that it’s major source is leafy green vegetables. Most people, however, don’t understand that Vitamin K is essential to health and that the Vitamin K2 form is FAR MORE EFFECTIVE than ordinary Vitamin K!
What Vitamin K does in the human body is:
- Helps direct calcium and other minerals to go where they are supposed to go in the body, including directing the body to use calcium to make strong bones and teeth
- And to not put calcium into our arteries
- And to send minerals to the mitochondria for use in energy production.
- Vitamin K also regulates cell growth
- And it is used in immune signaling.
See Vitamin K references at the bottom of this page.
Vitamin K2 is the Most Useable Form of Vitamin K
Standard Vitamin K or K1 form is found in dark green leafy vegetables. Vitamin K2, however, is made in the intestines from probiotics (from the dark green leafy vegetables we have eaten).
The Vitamin K2 is highly assimilable (20 times more useable in the body than Vitamin K1) and lasts much longer in the body than the Vitamin K1 form. Simply put, it performs MUCH better!
This is especially important in regard to people with poor dietary habits (most people these days) who aren’t eating 10 plus servings a day of vegetables, and still want to enjoy good health.
As said, Vitamin K2 is up to 20 times more useable than Vitamin K1 and it is stored in the liver for use later on as needed throughout the body. A key issue in regard to normal Vitamin K assimilation is that if one’s digestive enzymes and gastric juices and/or probiotics (protective intestinal bacteria) are not at optimal levels, then even if one is eating ample (10+ daily) servings of dark green vegetables (unlikely in America) very little of the Vitamin K in those vegetables will actually be absorbed and utilized by the body.
Vitamin K2 can be naturally produced by action of probiotics which is a reason to ensure ample probiotics in the body in the intestinal channel. But, again, if you’re not eating all those dark, leafy green vegetables like kale, lettuce, artichoke, etc., then even with lots of probiotics, you won’t make very much Vitamin K2... so for those who don’t want to leave any chance about their health, they should supplement with Vitamin K2.
Supplemental Form of Vitamin K2
Scientists have discovered that Vitamin K2 is well absorbed in supplement form, regardless of one’s gastrointestinal or liver health. So, with our Vitamin K2 supplement people who hate “nasty” vegetables can still keep their bodies optimally supplied with Vitamin K.
Here are just some of the things that Vitamin K2 has been shown to do include:
- Reduces your risk of cancer
- Reduces your risk of heart disease by helping to prevent calcification of the arteries
- Boosts your immune system function
- Aid in supporting normal blood sugar levels
- Supports bone health
Vitamin K2’s main job is to help ensure that minerals go to all the right places and don’t go to the wrong places. The right places are the bones and blood. The wrong places include calcification of the blood vessels, bone spurs and calcification of soft tissues. So, if you’re worried about hardening of the arteries, this is an important Vitamin for you.
Vitamin K2 Helps the Body to Utilize Calcium
Most people now know that calcium has a key role in health, impacting on essentially all the Syndrome X conditions and diseases, which include obesity, blood pressure disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and malfunctioning of cell signaling. Calcification of the arteries is a major known consequence of aging, as is the calcification of soft tissues and the accumulation of calcium intracellularly (within the cells).
Optimum calcium nutrition depends on the interplay of a number of related compounds, such as magnesium, vitamin D3, and vitamin K. Just recently, the importance of vitamin K in regulating the healthy function of calcium has been recognized. It has been shown that vitamin K2 can be supplemented in very high doses, as used in Japan. It has been found to be safe even at 45 mg or more per day - up to a thousand times greater than generally occurring in the daily diet.
The bottom line is that Vitamin K and K2 are safe, and very supportive of health, even small amounts of vitamins K1 & K2, as we will see, can have a great impact on overall health. That means you should supplement with Vitamin K, and preferably with Vitamin K2, so that you are assured of Vitamin K regardless of any health issues you may have.
Warning: Do not take Vitamin K2 if you are taking warfarin/coumadin without consulting a physician.
Cited Vitamin K Research and Further Vitamin L Study References: