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Posted by Default Admin on 13 December 2012 | Comments

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If you opt for oral vitamin D, you need to also consume in your food or take supplemental vitamin K2.

Vitamin D is a critical nutrient for optimal health and is best obtained from sun exposure or a safe tanning bed. However, many are taking oral vitamin D, which may become problematic unless you’re also getting sufficient amounts of vitamin K2

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin most well known for the important role it plays in blood clotting. However, many do not realise that there are different kinds of vitamin K, and they are completely different.

The health benefits of vitamin K2 go far beyond blood clotting, which is done by vitamin K1, and vitamin K2 also works synergistically with a number of other nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D.

The biological role of K2 is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth. It also plays a role in removing calcium from areas where it shouldn’t be, such as in your arteries and soft tissues.

Vitamin K2 deficiency leaves you vulnerable for a number of chronic diseases, including:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Inappropriate calcification, from heel spurs to kidney stones
  • Brain disease
  • Cancer

If you do NOT regularly eat high amounts of the following foods, then your likelihood of being vitamin K2 deficient is very high:

  • Grass-fed organic animal products (i.e. eggs, butter, dairy)
  • Certain fermented foods such as natto, or vegetables fermented using a starter culture of vitamin K2-producing bacteria. Please note that most fermented vegetables are not really high in vitamin K2 and come in at about 50 mcg per serving. However, if specific starter cultures are used they can have ten times as much, or 500 mcg per serving.
  • Goose liver pâté
  • Certain cheeses such as Brie and Gouda (these two are particularly high in K2, containing about 75 mcg per ounce)