Many Are Aware of the Importance of Vitamin D
Most conventional physicians and many people have started to realize the importance of vitamin D. This is mainly due to research that shows higher vitamin D levels can help prevent and/or treat: Autoimmune diseases; Neurodegenerative diseases, including multiple sclerosis;1,2 Gastrointestinal diseases and related cancers;3 Infectious disease, including influenza and HIV;4,5 Inflammatory rheumatic diseases;6 Neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy;7,8 Obesity and Diabetes;9,10 and even all-cause mortality.11 While it is great that the importance of this vital vitamin is being fully realized.
Few are Aware of the Importance of Vitamin K2
Most people and even physicians are not aware of the importance of vitamin K2. If you are already taking a Vitamin D supplement then you should also be taking Vitamin K2. If you are not, this will probably negate many of the potential health benefits and result in the over absorption of calcium. Which could result in calcium deposits in your heart and kidneys. This is not a problem caused by excessive vitamin D, but instead by a lack of vitamin K2.
What Does Vitamin K2 Do? Why is it so Important?
Vitamin K2 keeps calcium in its appropriate place. It can do this because it activates two protein enzymes, Matrix Gla-protein (MGP) and Osteocalcin. “Gla” is short for glutamic acid, which is imported into the cells in the wall of our arteries. This is where it binds to calcium and removes it from the lining of your blood vessels. Once calcium is removed from your blood vessels lining, osteocalcin then promotes the facilitation of that calcium into your bones and helps cement calcium in place. Without sufficient amounts of vitamin K2, this transfer process cannot occur, raising your risk of arterial calcification. In other words, extra calcium could cause problems by accumulating in the wrong places. For example, it keeps it out of your kidneys, where it would cause kidney stones, and keeps it out of your blood vessels, where it would cause heart disease, but helps calcium to get into your bones and teeth, making your bones strong and your teeth resistant to cavities.
Vitamin K2, Does More Than Keep Calcium in its Place
Keeping calcium where it should be and not where it shouldn’t is only one of vitamin K2s potential health benefits. It helps you make insulin and remain very sensitive to insulin.12 This means it helps stabilize your blood sugar, protects against diabetes, and prevents the metabolic problems that often arise as a consequence of obesity. It also promotes sexual health by helping you optimize your sex hormones.13 For example, it increases testosterone and fertility in males, and it helps bring the high levels of male hormones found in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) back down to normal. For athletes (and none athletes), Vitamin K2, improves exercise performance14 by enhancing your ability to utilize energy during bouts of physical activity. It even protects against cancer15 by suppressing the genes that make cells cancerous and expressing the genes that make cells healthy.
Supplement Of the Week
Thorne – Vitamin D/K2 Liquid
Ingredients (2 drops contain)
- Vitamin D (as Vitamin D3) 1,000 International Units (IU)
- Vitamin K [as Vitamin K2 (Menatetrenone)]* 200 mcg
- Other Ingredients
- Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil
- Mixed Tocopherols
- Take 2 drops,1-3 times daily or as recommended by a health-care professional
- Invert bottle to dispense individual drops
- May be added to food or mixed in beverages
*Servings per Container: 600