Information on Vitamin K varies widely. Some say it’s a best kept secret, a “forgotten vitamin”.
Research shows this “forgotten vitamin” can:
• Keep your bones strong
• Keep your heart health
• Boost your Cardiovascular health
• Slow Aging
There are 3 Different Types of Vitamin K
• There’s K1 which is the type you get in green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. It’s also called phylloquinone, aka phytonadione. This concentrates in your liver and has marginal benefit.
• K2 also known as menaquinone. This is the form that has the most benefit because it works through your bloodstream and bones to deliver maximum effect.
• K3 also known as menadione synthetic variant. This is a synthetic variety sold in many supplement forms. It is NOT recommended because it can be toxic.
In 1929, a Danish scientist, Dr. Henrik Dam discovered vitamin K. He found it promoted blood clotting. However, that’s only part of the story. Since then, research shows it strengthens your bones, protects your skin and boosts your heart health.
Vitamin K2 plays a particular role in protecting your bone health. A study by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and Boston University, found people with Vitamin K deficiencies have weaker bones and an increased risk of hip fractures.
Vitamin K and Calcium
The purpose of Vitamin K is to keep calcium in the right places in your body. For example, you know your bones need calcium to stay strong, but did you know calcium can get into other places of your body and lead to dangerous or painful conditions?
One of these dangers is that calcium deposits can build up in your blood vessels and cause blockages? And, calcium in the wrong areas can cause painful bone spurs.
Obviously, the thing to do is make sure your calcium stays in the right areas-like your bones and out of the wrong. One way you can do this is to make sure you get enough Vitamin K.
Eating leafy greens is a good step, but as mentioned earlier, this primarily hangs out in your liver. You need the Vitamin K2 to permeate your bloodstream.
This is particularly important if you’re a woman “of a certain age” who’s concerned about bone density.
The Problem with Vitamin K Supplements
Most manufacturers include more of that K1, the type that hangs out in your liver, because it’s cheaper than K2. But, it’s the latter that you need. To protect yourself, make sure you read the labels when looking for a supplement and get one that will truly benefit you.
Studies show women with osteoporosis who took Vitamin K2 experienced a significant improvement in their bone density.