Because vitamin K is absolutely essential to build strong bones and may promote heart health, it is “the forgotten vitamin” that many people do not get nearly enough of on a daily basis through the foods they eat.
Vitamin K’s Major Benefits
* Improves bone health, serving as the biological "glue" that helps plug calcium into your bone matrix.
* Helps you prevent and fight bone problems, a disease that affects more than 25 million Americans, mostly postmenopausal women.
* Aids in preventing hardening of the arteries, or arterial calcification.
* Acts as an anti-oxidant.
Why You Don’t Get Enough Vitamin K, and Why You Need To
Vitamin K is commonly found in dark green leafy vegetables like collard greens and spinach that most people do not consume enough of. It is found in its highest concentrations in fermented foods like natto, a fermented soy product that has been a staple food of eastern Japan for over 1,000 years but that has not generally caught on with the Western palate.
Research has shown a very significant correlation between the consumption of vitamin K through these foods and a reduction in bone fractures, heart problems, and more.
While many Americans are not even getting the Recommend Dietary Allowance (RDA) of vitamin K, there is significant evidence that the RDA is too low. What’s more, vitamin K is not easily absorbed by the body, and so the levels found in foods are not all being taken in by the body -- taking the vitamin K supplement We offer with meals that include fat is highly recommended.
Finally, it is safe to ensure you are getting the proper levels of vitamin K by exceeding the RDA as, unlike other vitamins such as D, this vitamin K supplement (vitamin K1) is not toxic at even 500 times the RDA. (Note: there are synthetic vitamin K supplements out there -- vitamin K3, or menadione -- that I do not recommend).
Proper Vitamin K Intake and Dosage
I recommend 3000 mcg (3 mg) of vitamin K per day, which is six (6) drops per day of the Biotics Research Corp. vitamin K called BIO-K-MULSION.
You can take less if you already eat a high level of green leafy vegetables, but if you have, or if your family has, a history of osteoporosis or heart disease, I strongly advise this 3000 mcg per day intake of the vitamin K. Keep in mind that you’d have to eat over one pound of collard greens daily to get the equivalent amount of vitamin K.
Details on How Vitamin K can Prevent Bone Problems and Promote Heart Health
Vitamin K Helps Your Bones... Among the most important of vitamin K’s roles -- and one that is often overlooked -- is improving bone health. Soft bones affects more than 25 million Americans -- mostly women past menopause -- and approximately 1.2 million bone fractures in the United States each year are related to osteoporosis.
While other nutrients are important for maintaining high bone densities, there is increasing evidence indicating a significant role for vitamin K in bone metabolism and osteoporosis.
Osteocalcin is a protein specifically produced by the osteoblasts, and is utilized within the bone as an integral part of the process of its formation. However, osteocalcin requires to be carboxylated before it can be effective in bone formation.
Vitamin K functions as a cofactor for the enzyme that catalyzes the carboxylation of osteocalcin.
In other words, vitamin K helps "glue" the calcium directly into the bone matrix.
According to recent studies:
* Vitamin K was recently compared to a first-generation biphosphonate drug called Didronel in 72 osteoporotic women for two years and there was no difference found in the bone fracture rates between women taking vitamin K and women taking the biphosphonate drug for osteoporosis.
* Other recent studies have shown vitamin K to be equivalent to Fosamax-type osteoporosis drugs.
Vitamin K Helps Your Heart... It has long been known that vitamin K plays a significant role in assisting normal blood clotting, and is in fact one of the most important nutritional factors in preventing hardening of the arteries.
Accumulating evidence suggests that artery calcification shares features with bone calcification. It was long believed to be an end-stage process of "passive" mineral precipitation. However, there is now a growing awareness that vascular calcification is a biologically regulated phenomenon.
In addition to being involved in the formation of osteocalcin, vitamin K is known to be involved in the formation of matrix Gla-protein (MGP). Osteocalcin is a protein produced by the osteoblasts, and is utilized within the bone as an integral part of the process of its formation. However, osteocalcin must be carboxylated before it can be effective in bone formation. Vitamin K functions as a cofactor for the enzyme that catalyzes the carboxylation of osteocalcin.
MGP is synthesized in a vitamin K-dependent way in smooth muscle cells of the healthy vessel wall.
A recently described function of MGP is as a powerful inhibitor of calcification of arteries and cartilage. It appears that optimal vitamin K levels are needed to produce proper amounts of MGP to prevent arterial calcification. MGP deficient mice develop extensive vascular calcification with replacement of the vascular media by progressively calcifying cartilage.
Caution: Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid Vitamin K supplemental intakes higher than the RDA (65 mcg) unless specifically recommended and monitored by their physician. Those who have experienced stroke, cardiac arrest, and those prone to blood clotting should not take Vitamin K without first consulting their physician.
Each drop supplies:
Vitamin K (as K1 -phytonadione) 500 mcg
RECOMMENDATION: One (1) drop each day as a dietary supplement or as otherwise directed by a health care professional.
WARNING: Those taking wartarin should avoid supplementation with Vitamin K unless specifically recommended and monitored by their physician. Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid supplemental intakes higher than the RDA (65 mcg) unless specially recommended and monitored by their physician.
Contains: 1 ounce (950 drops)
Product #: 1011