Why the Public May Never Find Out About Vitamin K2!
Vitamin K2 cleans calcium deposits from your arteries and deposits it in your bones, and you have most likely never heard of it? It’s almost like the old good news/bad news jokes. The good news is Vitamin K2 has been clinically proven to provide extraordinary benefits for bone health and cardiovascular health, plus it is a powerful anti-oxidant and some emerging science indicates it might help your joints and intestinal health. .
Heart Health & Vitamin K2
Among the numerous heart healthy ingredients found in ProArgi-9Plus is vitamin K2. This important vitamin has been shown to provide powerful benefits to the cardiovascular and skeletal system.
Let’s take a look at the two forms of vitamin K, the impact vitamin K2 has on human health, and how its combination with vitamin D3 substantially increase its affect.
K1 vs. K2
Although vitamin K1 provides many of the benefits attributed to vitamin K, for optimal benefits, vitamin K2 is considered a superior choice. Vitamin K2 is a collective term for a group of vitamin K compounds called menaquinones. Studies have shown vitamin K2 to be more bioavailable and more efficacious in supporting bone mineral density than vitamin K1.
Benefits of vitamin K2
Studies on the effects of vitamin K on cardiovascular health show that vitamin K2 significantly improves arterial and cardiovascular health, while vitamin K1 has no effect at all. Vitamin K2 activates the vitamin K-dependent protein Matrix Gla-Protein (MGP) which plays an important role in preventing calcium from depositing in the arteries.
Blood coagulation and bone health: Vitamin K was first discovered for activating blood coagulation proteins. The blood clotting role is its most well-known function. Recent research reveals it is a cofactor in bone metabolism as well.
Blood vessel wall health: Vitamin K keeps the calcium in the bones and out of the arteries. It prevents calcium deposition in soft tissues (vascular, heart, lung, kidney).
Vitamin K2 & D3
Japanese researchers found that vitamin K plus vitamin D increased bone density noticeably better than vitamin K alone. Postmenopausal women with osteopenia and osteoporosis were divided into 4 different test groups. Calcium was not supplemented or otherwise controlled. Bone mineral density increase was greatest in the K2 plus D3 group—better than the K2 and D3 groups alone.
Vitamin K2 and Your Heart
K2 has been reported to decrease serum cholesterol and cholesterol deposits in the aorta, contributing to the suppression of atherosclerosis.16-17 Vitamin K2 has been linked to a reduction in coronary heart disease. In fact one very large and significant study conducted in the Netherlands in 2004 followed 4800 healthy men and women for ten years. It found vitamin K2 reduced the risk of coronary heart disease mortality by 50%!19 Aortic calcification was also reduced by 30-40% in this famous Rotterdam study.
Vitamin K2 SafetyIf you take Coumadin, Heparin, or another anti-coagulant you should consult your physician before taking vitamin K2 supplements. Vitamin K2 helps normal coagulation of blood. High levels of K2 do not cause abnormal blood clotting. You should not be concerned about taking levels of 45 mg/day or less, as numerous Japanese studies have shown even this high level is safe for adults. Most vitamin K2 supplements offer 45 – 150 micrograms per day.
Is Vitamin K2 safe for Pregnant Women?
Pregnant women should be especially conscious of their vitamin K intake because the following birth defects have been linked to vitamin K deficiency:
Flat nasal bridge
Neural tube defects
Aside from its ability to protect bone health, vitamin K2 has been shown to provide significant heart health benefits by keeping calcium out of the cardiovascular system and in the bones.