Shockingly 80% of Americans are Vitamin K2 Deficient!
Anyone with a vitamin K2 deficiency is extremely vulnerable to serious and even life threatening health problems including: brain disease, heart disease, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, heel spurs, kidney stones and heart attack.
Unfortunately, most people are not aware of the essential and outstanding, health benefits of vitamin K2. Sadly, the K vitamins have been underrated and misunderstood until very recently in the scientific community. (more…)
I refer to the problem as “fat in all the wrong places.” It is most common in overweight people, but can happen in anyone. When such fat surrounds your arteries or heart in excess it generates significant inflammatory signals into your arteries, provoking the process of plaque formation. It is interesting that this is not fat inside your arteries that is doing this, it is fat on the outside – and it is a major health problem faced by millions of Americans. (more…)
Dr. Stephen Sinatra greatly increased my interest in vitamin K2 during our recent series of interviews. When Dr. Sinatra mentioned in our June 2007 chat that vitamin K2—but not vitamin K1—could reduce harmful calcium deposits from arteries, that was it. I had to learn even more. When I read the research reports of Dr. Leon Schurgers and saw his dramatic illustration of the effect of vitamin K2 on arterial calcification (Figure 1), I knew this was indeed an important breakthrough in treating cardiovascular disease. So, I called upon vitamin K researcher, Dr. Leon Schurgers. Dr. Schurgers was kind enough to share his thoughts on the functions of vitamin K, discuss the significance of new research findings and comment on the potential implications for clinical practice for us. Since February is Heart Month, we will focus largely on the cardiovascular system, but also discuss skeletal health. (more…)
It seems that clogged arteries can be bad for more than just your heart. According to a recent article published by the American Heart Association (AHA), clogged arteries can also affect blood flow to your brain and cause dementia. (more…)
Vitamin K is a critical nutrient widely known for its ability to promote normal blood clotting. A wealth of new information demonstrates that this vitamin in its multiple forms can provide a powerful anti-inflammatory shield to protect against many lethal diseases of aging. Writing in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers show that vitamin K works with other fat-soluble nutrients to protect the brain from arterial calcification that leads to a stroke or cognitive decline. Vitamin K works to prevent the deposition of calcium within arterial walls and ushers the mineral toward the normal construction of bone throughout the body. The research provides proof that eating a healthy diet to maintain adequate stores of vitamin K over a lifetime can help prevent arterial hardening, atherosclerosis and cognitive decline. (more…)