Millions of people take calcium supplements to maintain healthy bone. However, vitamin K is not just important for blood clotting, it also contributes to a healthy heart, bones and immune system. Research is showing that it may very well be “the next vitamin D” in terms of a growing number of benefits to your health.
The Two Basic Types of Vitamin K: K1 and K2
Vitamin K1 is found in green, leafy vegetables and it goes directly to your liver. This helps you maintain a healthy blood clotting system. K2 is found in organ meats, egg yolks and dairy products. It’s a more important inducer of bone mineralization in bone-building cells. It’s essential for healthy arteries and bones and a German research group recently discovered that vitamin K2 provides substantial protection from prostate cancer.
Statin Use Inhibits Vitamin K2
One in four Americans over the age of 45 take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. Recent research has revealed that statins may stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure. They inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2 in your body. Vitamin K2 is needed as it protects your arteries from calcification. Without vitamin K2, plaque levels worsen. Not only does vitamin K2 help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, it also assists in removing calcium from areas where it shouldn’t be. Statins have been shown to deplete your body of CoQ10 and impair heart muscle mitochondria function.
Statins and Essential Supplements
If you do take a statin, a vitamin K2 supplement is highly recommended. You’ll also want to make sure you take CoQ10 or Ubiquinol (the reduced form of CoQ10) with it. At Lewis Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we believe that nutrition should be customized to meet each patient’s specific needs. If you would like to learn more about the effects of statins on vitamin K2 and your health in general, please call 410-876-8885 and make an appointment with Bio-Wellness by Dr. Greg.
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