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Sunday, September 18, 2011

"This Vitamin is So Extraordinary, It's Regulated by Government Agencies

This Vitamin is So Extraordinary, It's Regulated by Government Agencies.   

How This Vitamin Goes to Work for YOU

While other nutrients are important for maintaining and promoting your bone health (like vitamin D3, calcium, and magnesium), evidence continues to grow indicating a vital role vitamin K plays in bone metabolism and healthy bone growth.*
In fact it may be the modern day “missing link” to increasing your bone density.
Vitamin K has been linked to osteoblasts, the cells that generate or ‘lay down’ bone and produce a specific protein known as osteocalcin.*
You can think of osteocalcin like the studs in the wall of your house. Basically, osteocalcin acts as the structural framework holding calcium in place in your bones.*
And vitamin K is critical for producing osteocalcin protein.*
Why is this so important? Because osteocalcin cannot perform its job until vitamin K converts it to an active bone-building form.
The bottom line – vitamin K is the ‘key’ that unlocks the door from your bloodstream to let calcium flow into your bones and bone marrow..."*
"...Without this vitamin K key action, you simply wouldn't have the strong bones you do.* Plus, there’s another area vitamin K plays an important role, particularly vitamin K2.
I mentioned earlier how osteoblasts are important cells responsible for bone formation.
Well, while these osteoblast cells are busy building bone, other cells called osteoclasts are trying to break down bone and remove bone tissue.
Vitamin K2 is so important because, not only has it been shown to stimulate and enhance osteocalcin production, it has also been shown to inhibit osteoclasts and help maintain your bones."
Why You Could be Deficient in this Vital Nutrient
 "...There are many conditions where you could be putting yourself at risk for a higher likelihood of deficiency.
First of all, this vitamin is fat-soluble.
What does that mean? Well, fat-soluble simply means that dietary fat is necessary for efficient absorption. So, if your diet does not contain adequate amounts of dietary fat, your absorption of this nutrient could be impacted.
There are additional conditions that could increase your risk of deficiency in this essential vitamin…
  • Eating a poor or restricted diet
  • Having certain conditions like Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, celiac, and others that interfere with nutrient absorption
  • Dealing with a liver condition that interferes with vitamin storage
  • Taking certain medications such as broad-spectrum antibiotics, cholesterol drugs, and potentially aspirin that may impact or block vitamin absorption
  • Eating foods containing the wrong type of this vitamin with poor bioavailability
I’m ready to dive into your best natural source of this ‘forgotten vitamin’… but first, right up front, I want to further raise your awareness of…"
Synthetic Pretenders – What to Look For and Avoid
If you haven’t figured out what the ‘forgotten vitamin’ is by now let me tell you that this new wonder kid on the block is vitamin K... " 
"...Vitamin K is unique because it has multiple effects in your body, but doesn’t demonstrate any known toxicity. With research focused on potential effects on your skeletal system, brain, liver, and pancreas, vitamin K is one of the most promising nutrients of our time.*
But you should know about the different types. And in particular, know which synthetic type to be on the look out for.
There are three main forms of vitamin K…
  • K1 – phylloquinone, aka phytonadione
  • K2 – menaquinone
  • K3 – menadione synthetic variant
Vitamin K3 is a synthetic variant of the vitamin which I don’t recommended for human consumption… this is the one you and your family need to avoid at all costs.
Green leafy vegetables – including lettuce, broccoli, and spinach contain vitamin K1. And it makes up about 90 percent of the vitamin K in the Western-style diet.
The vitamin K which I recommend is vitamin K2 – natural, non-toxic, and made in your body as well.
Vitamin K2 includes several menaquinones (MK-n, with the ‘n’ determined by the number of prenyl side chains), such as MK-4 found in meats, MK-7, MK-8, and MK-9 found in fermented food products like cheese and natto.

 This Vitamin is So Extraordinary, It's Regulated by Government Agencies.  Suffering from Osteoporosis, I noticed a significant difference in overall strength after adding Vitamin K2 to my bone building regimen.   If you are enduring skeletal or muscular problems, perhaps this well documented article will help you.  Just be sure that should you choose to use Vitamin K2, make sure it is NOT Vitamin K3 before you leave the store.  

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