What is Vitamin K2?
There are a lot of benefits of Vitamin K2, but what exactly is it? Vitamin K is a huge factor in helping the blood clot. Which in turn helps prevents excessive bleeding. Unlike many other vitamins, it’s not a supplement. It’s actually a group of compounds built in ones diet that help with overall health. Vitamin K1 can be found in plants, whereas Vitamin K2 is taken from meats, cheeses, and eggs.
Recently, some have researched the effects of K2 and the results have showed that some may use it to treat osteoporosis and steroid-induced bone loss.
Why Take Vitamin K2?
A health provider may suggest to take vitamin K if you have a deficiency since low levels can elevate the risk of uncontrolled bleeding. K deficiencies are rare. People who may more commonly have a K2 deficiency are those who:
- Have diseases that affect absorption in the digestive tract.
- Take drugs that interfere with the vitamin K absorption
- Are severely malnourished
- Drink alcohol heavily
The Benefits of Vitamin K2
1. Bone and Dental Health
K2 may improve mineralization of bones and teeth thus strengthening your overall bone health. It also lowers the risk of fractures and cavities. This is great for people who many suffer with osteoporosis.
2. Sexual Health
K2 may also improve energy that can help with exercise and fitness.
4. Heart and Kidney Health
K2 may prevent atherosclerosis and kidney stones.
5. Metabolic Health
K2 may also help increase insulin productivity and sensitivity.
6. Cancer Protection
K2 may also help turn off cancer genes that make cells healthy.
There is such a wide variety of benefits of vitamin K2. If you think you’re not getting enough K2 talk to your health care provider. Try increasing your intake with leafy greens for K1 and grass-fed dairy products and fermented foods for K2.
If you opt to take a K2 supplement, make sure it’s MK-7 (This can be found in our K2+D3+Aquamin F supplement.) unless one is taking drugs that reduce blood clotting by reducing the action of vitamin K, are advised to avoid MK-7 supplements.
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