Do You K-2?
I do. I'm only on my second bottle of K-2 but I will take it every day until I hear that the claims being made about it are totally unfounded. Here's what I've read and heard about K-2. I am not a health professional and do not give out medical advice. I am sharing some information and strongly suggest that anyone interested in learning about this vitamin contact their naturopathic physician. Vitamin K-1 has been studied and understood for many years for its blood-clotting ability. Without it, we would be unable to control bleeding from wounds. However, people who take blood thinners are not able to ingest too much K-1 because it would counteract the benefit of their medication. Apparently, Warfarin also interacts adversely with K-2 as well as K-1 so it's very important to discuss all supplements (including herbs and teas) with a health professional before proceeding with self- medication. The interesting thing about K-2 is that without it, all the calcium and vitamin D3 in the world won't help prevent or treat osteopenia or osteoporosis. Before modern farming methods, we were able to get a nice dose of K-2 from grass-pastured animals, organ meats and cheese made from the milk of grass-fed animals, including chicken and eggs. Unless we make the effort and pay the extra cost, the animals the provide our meat, milk and eggs are all grain fed. I grew up on grass-pastured meat and we ate liver a couple of times a month. We were also dosed with cod liver oil all winter (and played outside all day in the summer). Those days are long past so now it's time to up my game. I buy grass-fed meat, butter and free range eggs. I just bought Gouda cheese, a fairly good source of K-2 and will buy brie next time, another good source. Vitamin D-3 helps pull calcium into the bloodstream but K-2 activates the mechanism that locks it into the bones and teeth (osteocalcin). K-2 may help support our nervours system so it's particularly important to those of us who have MS or diabetics who have nerve damage. It supposedly also helps keeps calcium out of our arteries (20% of arterial blockages are calcium) and keeps our skin more soft and supple. It's been said that you can look at wrinkly skinned people and predict how brittle their bones are - that the correlation is that strong. Smoking and sun damage can't be excluded from the equation so I'm not sure about that one. There are two common types of K-2 - MK4 and MK7. MK-4 is from animal sources and MK-7 from vegetable. MK-7 is a longer chained chemical and is metabolized more slowly so only needs to be taken once a day. There's so much information about the need for vitamin K-2 in our diet and yet all we hear about is vitamin D. Add some vitamin A and we have the perfect trifecta for our bones, cardiovascular and nervous system. But check with your naturopath or functional medicine doctor first. Here are some links for further investigation: