#1 Deficiency Damaging
Your Arteries and Bones
THE MOST IMPORTANT NUTRIENT THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.
Vitamin K2 is a unique and powerful nutrient, yet very few people are aware of it. Not to be confused with Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone), which is involved in blood clotting, Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) plays an essential role in both cardio vascular health and bone health.
A whopping 97% of Western population is Vitamin K2 deficient. Natto (a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans) has the highest amounts of Vitamin K2.
Foods containing the highest amount of K2
- NATTO - Just 3 ounces of Natto - 850 mcg
- RAW SPINACH - 1 cup of Spinach - 145 mcg
- ICEBERG LETTUCE - 1 cup of Iceberg lettuce - 14 mcg
- CHICKEN - 3 ounces OF CHICKEN - 13 mcg
"A whopping 97% of Americans are Vitamin K2 deficient."
How it effects heart health?
The heart, like all the organs in the body, needs oxygen-rich blood to function. Coronary arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart. Coronary arteries branch off from the ascending aorta - the main artery supplying oxygenated blood to the circulatory system. Aorta is clearly visible in the CT scan image on the right.
Healthy arteries are flexible and elastic. As we age, arteries harden and lose their flexibility due to build up of plaque. Calcium is part of the plaque build up that can lead to blockages, causing heart attacks or strokes. Arterial calcification is highly prevalent in people with heart disease and is an important predictor of future cardiac events. Studies show that the extent of calcification strongly correlated with the degree of plaque build up and the rate of future cardiac events.
"Arterial calcification is highly prevalent in people with heart disease."
How does Vitamin K2 Help Artery Health?
Arterial calcification is the build up of calcium inside the arterial walls and it is one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin K2 helps deposit calcium into the bones and away from the arteries. Studies show healthy arteries contain 100 times more K2 than unhealthy arteries.Vitamin K2 as long chain Menaquinone-7 (MK-7) is absorbed most efficiently and exhibits the greatest bioavailability. Since MK-4 is short lived, MK-7 is the optimal source of vitamin K2 and has the maximum effect in the body.
“Vitamin K2 helps deposit calcium into the bones and away from the arteries!”
As plaque becomes more calcified and hardens, it becomes more visible on the CT scan. A Calcium CT scan takes 30 seconds and costs less than $50. A calcium CT scan checks for calcium buildup in the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries wrap around the heart and supply it with blood and oxygen. Calcium in these arteries is a sign of heart disease.
K2 Clinical Studies
Multiple clinical studies confirmed beneficial effects of Vitamin K2 on both heart and bone health.
- HEART HEALTH: In one study which involved 16,057 women, vitamin K2 reduced the incidence of coronary heart disease. For every 10 mcg of K2 they consumed per day, heart disease risk was reduced by 9%.
- BONE HEALTH: In another clinical trial lasting 3 years 244 patients showed that vitamin K2 helped to prevent arterial stiffness and also improved elasticity of the blood vessels. Additionally the patients were shown to have significant protection when it came to bone health, as the patients showed increased bone strength in their hips and spine.
- ARTERY HEALTH: In one study, over a 10 year period of 4,807 Dutch women and men older than 55, showed people with the highest intake of vitamin K2 were 52% less likely to develop arterial calcification and had a 57% lower risk of dying from heart disease.
"A 10 year study showed people with the highest intake of vitamin K2 had a 57% lower risk of dying from heart disease"
How Does K2 Work?
Vitamin K2 helps activate (turn-on) osteocalcin & MGP, body’s own natural chemical “signals” which tell the body where to deposit calcium and to ensure that calcium goes into your bones (where its needed for stronger, more dense and less brittle bones) but NOT to into your arteries where it calcifies and forms arterial plaque which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Bone building & Artery Cleaning Protiens
- Matrix Gla-protein (MGP) is the strongest inhibitor of arterial calcification known. MGP’s main purpose is to prevent calcium buildup in the arteries and soft tissue, but MGP can only do so when it is activated by Vitamin K2. Without adequate vitamin K2, MGP is totally inactive. With adequate K2, MGP repels calcium away from soft tissue and puts it back into the blood stream.
- This is when osteocalcin becomes important. Vitamin K2 activates osteocalcin, a calcium-binding protein, which helps to build and maintain bone density.