Vitamin K2 Supplements
Another key supplement is Vitamin K2. The following conditions may put you at an increased risk of vitamin K deficiency:
- Eating a poor or restricted diet
- Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease and other conditions that interfere with nutrient absorption
- Liver disease that interferes with vitamin K storage
- Taking drugs such as broad-spectrum antibiotics, cholesterol drugs and aspirin
Who Needs Vitamin K?
If you have, or if your family has, a history of osteoporosis or heart disease, or any of the IBD diseases such as IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, studies indicate the importance of adding vitamin K to your diet. Keep in mind that you’d have to eat over one pound of collard greens daily to get the equivalent amount of vitamin K. Clearly the collard greens or spinach would be better for you and would provide you with additional benefits, but if you already have heart disease a little extra vitamin K would seem a simple bit of insurance to make sure that your blood vessels don’t harden.
You will also want to consider adding vitamin K to your diet if you do not eat many vegetables and are concerned that, for whatever reason, you are unable to obtain enough vitamin K from your food.
And because there is a Synergistic Effects Between Vitamin K and Vitamin D.
It’s important to realize that vitamin K does not work alone. It needs collaborators—and vitamin D is an important one.
Different Kinds of Vitamin K
Vitamin K can be classified as either K1 or K2:
Vitamin K1: Found in green vegetables, K1 goes directly to your liver and helps you maintain a healthy blood clotting system. (This is the kind of K that infants need to help prevent a serious bleeding disorder.) It is also vitamin K1 that keeps your own blood vessels from calcifying, and helps your bones retain calcium and develop the right crystalline structure.
Vitamin K2: Bacteria produce this type of vitamin K. It is present in high quantities in your gut, but unfortunately is not absorbed from there and passes out in your stool. K2 goes straight to vessel walls, bones, and tissues other than your liver. It is present in fermented foods, particularly cheese and the Japanese food natto, which is by far the richest source of K2.
According to Dr. Mercola, he strongly encourages those concerned about Vitamin K deficiency to make sure they find some regular source of vitamin K2. This will mean eating about four ounces of fermented cheese a day (preferably raw) or taking a high quality vitamin K2 supplement, which is what I have opted to do.
Vitamin K2 Supplements
This Vitamin K2 product is an important one to take, BUT should only be taken if you are simply taking Vitamin D3 ( not with the one in #2 above, Vitamins D & K, with Sea Iodine, because this one already contains Vitamin K2 in it). The reason I am giving you information on this one, is because I want to give you options to take it separately.
There are three forms of vitamin K that the human body can utilize to promote arterial health and bone support.1-8 Life Extension®’s Super K with Advanced K2 Complex provides the dynamic trio of vitamin K forms in one softgel, including vitamin K1, vitamin K2 (MK-4), and vitamin K2 (MK-7).
Vitamin K1 is the form of vitamin K that is found in green vegetables. K1 is tightly bound to plant fiber, so only a fraction is absorbed into the bloodstream. Supplementation ensures ample K1 blood levels. Vitamin K2 is usually found in meats, dairy, and egg yolks. Since you may be avoiding these foods for health reasons, ingesting a K2 supplement is essential. MK-4 is the most rapidly absorbed form of K2, and MK-7 boasts a very long half-life in the body, making both forms the perfect complement to any vitamin K regimen.9
“Mk7 is recommended by Dr.Mercola to take with vitamin D. I trust him on this. I’m not sure if I get enough K in my diet as I’m not a big eater and I don’t eat lots of eggs,cheese,cream,natto etc. This will help.” By Liz the healthnut , Portland OR
“Have been using this product for years as one of many supplements to help keep bones strong. My bone density scan showed improvement.” By Linda T, Plantation FL
“Convenient and such an important supplement!” By *Small But Mighty, Mililani, HI
“Perhaps your annual physical might show some results…As for me, I feel GR8… Use as directed…” By Dr Dopey, Texas
Please Note: Before adding any new supplements, especially those containing Vitamin K, please check with your doctor or pharmacist for any drug interactions ( this is especially true if you are on any meds like Coumadin).
Vitamin K2 Supplements
Where do I buy my Vitamin K2?
As a result of much research, I have added Vitamin K2 to my diet, and I purchase it directly : Click here to see the K2 I take