Vitamin K2: Essential for Bone, Heart, Brain Health + More!
Ever heard of Vitamin K2? Most people think of Vitamin K as the vitamin injected into babies, right after birth. However, this often forgotten nutrient is SO essential for our overall health! Read below for 5 ways that vitamin K can up your health game, today!
1. Bone Health
Better than calcium, believe it or not! Vitamin K2 is essential for long term bone health. It actually helps calcium and other minerals bind to bone matrix. This magical vitamin helps pull excess calcium from our tissues and deposit back into the bones. Studies have even found it helps REVERSE osteoarthritis!
2. Heart Health
Heard of atherosclerosis (or clogged arteries?) A big contributor to this plaquing isn't necessarily fat, but calcium deposits. K2 can help usher these calcium deposits from the arteries, and push it back in to bone, like I mentioned before. How amazing is that? Are you athletic in nature? Add K2 to your supplement list as it can help your cardiovascular system substantially!
3. Lower Cancer Risk
With cancer rates on the rise, why not reduce your risk with some daily K2? There are many studies which demonstrate that with a higher concentration of K2, lower cancer rates are reported. Check out this great resource, here.
4. Brain Health
Remember how K2 helps lower calcification throughout the body? This applies for the brain, too. Check out this study which shows how patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, had significantly low levels of vitamin K2 in their bodies. We are beginning to understand that some of the damage to the brain from Alzheimer's may have to do with calcifications in the brain.
5. Synthesis + Absorption of Vitamin D
With vitamin D being such a vital nutrient that so many supplement daily, did you know that K2 and D3 (active form of vitamin D) work together? If you supplement vitamin D3, make sure to add some K2 to the mix for optimal absorption!
// Sources of Vitamin K2 //
- Grass fed butter (YAY!)
- Egg yolk
- Grass fed cheese
- Grass fed beef
- Most greens
- Brussels sprouts
Here is my choice for a K2 supplement, if you don't feel like you're getting enough regularly in your diet. Make sure to consult with your health care provider before starting a new supplement regimen.