Vitamin K2 is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a critical role in your bone health by facilitating the transport of calcium from the bloodstream into the bones.
Without enough vitamin K2, calcium in the blood does not adequately bind to bone and instead infiltrates into the arterial wall, resulting in calcification, or arteriosclerosis. Adequate amounts of K2 will simultaneously improve bone health and heart health by directing calcium to its proper spot in your bones!
Vitamin K2 is found in meat, organ meats, eggs and dairy products and is also made by bacteria in our digestive tract. Dietary vitamin K2 is found almost exclusively in the MK-4 version, which has a very short half-life in the body, approximately 6 hours. To supplement your diet, improve bone and cardiovascular health, or to speed healing from a fracture we suggest the MK-7 form of K2, which stays in the body up to 6x longer than MK-4.
Vitamin D3 has become a very popular supplement for bone health. Did you know that vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 work synergistically to improve bone health? In fact high doses of vitamin D3 actually depletes you K2 levels leading to continued bone loss. If you are taking vitamin D3 through the winter be sure to also supplement vitamin K2.
Recent research has also shown vitamin K2 to be very important in the healing of neuropathy as well as improved endurance in athletes.
The quality of your K2 supplement is very important. There are poor quality K2 products being produced in China and Italy that are flooding the market. We only recommend MennaquinGold Vitamin K2 since it is the only pharmaceutical grade vitamin k2 in the marketplace.
Get your Vitamin K2 next time you are at PureBalance …your bones and heart will love you for it!