The Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 Connection

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Vitamin D Benefits:

Vitamin D is a powerful hormone & does much more than support bone health. It helps keep your immune system strong and balanced. It has anti-inflammatory properties, promotes intestinal integrity, and has been correlated with decreased risk for a number of cancer types. Italso helps keep your immune system strong and balanced.

Benefits of Vitamin K2

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is known to be involved in blood clotting, and to have importance for bone health.

Vitamin K has a range of structures with “K1; phylloquinone” and “K2; menaquinone” being the first major difference.

Vitamin K1 is used by the liver to help with blood clotting. Vitamin K2 works outside of the liver and is more of the focus of this discussion.

Most people think of vitamin K2 has a bone supplement. K2 can be safe while taking blood thinners (K1 is more of the direct concern), but you must check your PT/INR measurements with your doctor routinely.

Vitamin D deficiency:

  • Getting Sick or Infected Often.
  • Fatigue and Tiredness. Feeling tired can have many causes, and vitamin D deficiency may be one of them
  • Bone and Back Pain
  • Depression
  • Impaired Wound Healing
  • Bone Loss
  • Hair Loss
  • Muscle Pain

Vitamin K deficiency

  • Easy bruising
  • Oozing from nose or gums
  • Excessive bleeding from wounds, punctures, and injection or surgical sites
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Bleeding from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract
  • Blood in the urine and/or stool
  • Increased prothrombin time (PT)

Why Vitamin D3 should take with K2?

If you’re taking Vitamin D3, it is critical that you consider Vitamin K2 supplementation. Vitamin D3 and K2 work with one another to maintain tight control over calcium levels in the body. Vitamin D3 controls the absorption of calcium into the blood. Vitamin K2 controls where that calcium ends up. Over-supplementation of vitamin D3 without ample vitamin K2, leads to problems of excess calcium. If calcium isn’t laid into bone, it will find itself in other tissues, like your arteries. Calcium in the arteries is BAD. It contributes to atherosclerosis and vessel stiffness. Cardiovascular disease just happens to be the leading cause of death. You can eat a healthy diet, exercise, not smoke, and drink moderately – and still suffer from cardiovascular disease if calcium builds up in your arteries.

Remember if you take vitamin D3, it becomes increasingly important to consider vitamin K2 as part of your supplementation!

Once calcium is absorbed or released in the blood, it still needs to be told where to go! That is why vitamin K2 status is crucial to healthy calcium balance in the body.Vitamin K2 is arguably a leading anti-aging vitamin. Atherosclerosis and vessel stiffness are made worse by excess calcium. Cardiovascular disease, characterized by atherosclerosis and vessel stiffness, is the number one cause of death.Vitamin K2 is being evaluated as a means to reduce risk.

Mrs Dorota Rechcinska

Disclaimer – The above is an article one of our physiotherapist’s has chosen to write about. J&P do not endorse Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 supplements