Spotlight: Vitamin K2

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A.K.A- MK-4, MK-7, menaquinone

What is it? Vitamin K2 is a fat soluble vitamin. There are four (4) fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E, and K. That means that you need to eat fat in order for your body to use it. We are such a fat phobic society, we are dangerously deficient in these vital vitamins! Don’t worry, there are plenty of good fats out there to choose from.

We as a society suffer from osteoporosis and heart disease. Why??? Well, while it’s not the total picture, Vitamin K2 is a large part of the puzzle. Why, you ask, let me explain. Most people know that you need Vitamin D to help absorb calcium. This is why they add it to milk. The Vitamin D carries the calcium around in your body through the blood stream. Vitamin K2 comes in and tells the Vitamin D where to put it (your bones). Without the K2 telling the D where to put it, the D just drops it where ever, like your arteries, causing plaque build up and hardening of the arteries. There is a lot more that happens during this process like free radicals, etc. But I’ll save that for later. The lack of Vitamin K2 in our diets is why they are finding that taking calcium supplements can actually contribute to heart disease, but yet our bones are still brittle. Hmmm…. So, how do we make sure we are getting enough Vitamin K2?

Vitamin K2 is difficult to find in nature, but you can find it. The MK-4 version is found in animals and only in grass-fed animals, grain-fed animals do NOT have any K2 whatsoever. It is found in the animal fats, like butter, cream, and the fat of the meats of these animals. It is also found in organic egg yolks, goose pate’ (organic), or brie and gouda cheese from grass-fed cows and goats. MK-7 comes from fermented vegetables most abundantly found in Natto, fermented soy beans, it’s a Japanese dish. Other fermented vegetables have some but not much. The optimum daily intake for most people is around 180-200 mcg (which is a lot!). If you wish to find a supplement, look for the MK-7 it is still the natural form of the vitamin. MK-4 in supplement form is a synthetic version. Don’t even get me started on that! I use Jarrow, it is from a natural source and doesn’t kill your pocket book.

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