Vitamin K2 – The Emerging Nutraceutical Superstar

A recent large study confirms that people with the highest vitamin K intakes are significantly less likely to die from any cause, compared with those having the lowest intakes.

A multitude of studies now point to the fact that adequate vitamin K intake, including supplementation, can offer protection against atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, diabetes, and cellular issues. For example, studies indicate that vitamin K2 may provide protection against cell mutation within the prostate gland.

Vitamin K2, a more versatile form of vitamin K (K1), may actually become “the next vitamin D” as research continues to emerge on its benefits for your health. For example, research over the past few years suggests that vitamin K2 can provide substantial protection for prostate health, which is a major health issue among men in the United States. And research results are similarly encouraging for the benefits of vitamin K2 for your cardiovascular health.

In 2004, the Rotterdam Study, which was the first study demonstrating the beneficial effect of vitamin K2, showed that people who consume 45 mcg of K2 daily, live seven years longer than people getting 12 mcg per day.

That’s why we put 45 mcg of vitamin K2 in our TeloVite multivitamin, exactly the level reported in the groundbreaking Rotterdam study.

In a subsequent study called the Prospect Study, 16,000 people were followed for 10 years. Researchers found that each additional 10 mcg of K2 in the diet results in 9 percent fewer cardiac events.

In another study, women with the highest intake of vitamin K2 were found to be at a 20% lower risk for coronary artery calcification compared with women with the lowest intake levels, while the same study found that vitamin K1 had no significant impact.

The biological role of vitamin K2 is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth. It also helps remove calcium from areas where it shouldn’t be, such as in your arteries and soft tissues.

K2 is present in fermented foods, particularly cheese and the Japanese food natto, which is by far the richest source of K2.

Vitamin K2 is an emerging nutraceutical superstar. That’s why we’ve included it our broad-spectrum, high-potency, telomere protecting multivitamin, TeloVite.

Vitamin K, Prescription Blood Thinners and TeloVite

Warfarin (Coumadin) is a medicine prescribed for people at increased risk of forming blood clots too easily and quickly which, in turn, could block the flow of blood to the heart or brain. Blood clots are formed through a series of chemical reactions in your body. Vitamin K is essential for those reactions. Warfarin (Coumadin) works by decreasing the activity of vitamin K; lengthening the time it takes for a clot to form. Does this mean that vitamin K should be avoided either through food or supplement sources? Not necessarily. The fact is that vitamin K is an essential nutrient that your body still needs.

According to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Drug-Nutrient Interaction Task Force, what is important is to:

“Keep your vitamin K intake consistent from day to day.”

“For example, if you typically have a spinach salad daily, do not stop eating it entirely.”

With regard to dietary supplements containing vitamin K, the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center gives this advice:

“If they are taken regularly on a daily basis, they pose less of a problem than if taken off and on.”

The Daily Value for vitamin K1, derived from leafy greens, is 80 mcg. It is important to note that Vitamin K2 is found in few plant foods. Vitamin K2 is found in meat and animal derived foods. Natto, a fermented soybean product, is the only vegetarian source.

TeloVite provides 45 mcg of vitamin K2, which has many valuable functions not associated with the more common vitamin K (K1).

The following is a list of common foods providing significant amounts of vitamin K1, not the multi-benefit vitamin K2:

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