Build Strong Bones! Made from Menaquinone 7 (MK-7), this is the best-absorbed & non-toxic form of supplemental Vitamin K 2. Our bodies need vitamin K as a co-factor with calcium to build bone. Researchers found that people who have higher levels of vitamin K have greater bone density, while low levels of vitamin K have been found in those with osteoporosis. There is increasing evidence that vitamin K improves bone health and reduces risk of bone fractures, particularly in postmenopausal women who are at risk for osteoporosis. In addition, studies of male and female athletes have also found that vitamin K helps with bone health. Vitamin K2 is also an important nutrient for heart and arteries, supports immune health and is essential to adequate blood coagulation.
We’ve all heard about the relationship between calcium and bone health, but very few people know about the importance of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is required for the production of osteocalcin the protein web-like structure upon which bone is built.
Simply put, through osteocalcin, Vitamin K attracts calcium to bone tissue, playing a role in the formation, remodeling and repair of bone. This is especially important for menopausal women or those with a history of osteoporosis in their family. Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease which causes low mineral bone density or bone mass due to a progressive deterioration of bone. It leaves bone fragile and can increase susceptibility to debilitating fractures, such as hip and spine fractures.
Vitamin K also plays an integral role in blood clotting. It is responsible for the manufacturing of clotting factors, such as prothrombin and clotting factors VII, IX and X. These clotting factors play an essential part of hemostasis, the innate physiological process that prevents excessive blood loss from damaged blood vessels by first plugging and then repairing the damage. Ineffective coagulation can lead to hemorrhage and can be life threatening.
Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin made in two naturally occurring forms. Vitamin K1, also known as phylloquinone, is found in green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli, as well as fruits, such as avocado and kiwi. It is also found in vegetable oils, such as canola, soybean and olive oils. Vitamin K2 is another usable form made by our own gut bacteria, but these stores are small and are rapidly depleted without regular dietary intake of K1. Individuals taking large amounts of antibiotics which alter the balance of normal gut flora, are susceptible to deficiencies. Also at risk for deficiency are individuals with impairments in fat absorption, those with significant liver damage or disease and those taking vitamin K antagonist anticoagulant drugs.
Vitamin K deficiency results in impaired blood clotting, usually demonstrated by laboratory tests that measure clotting time (PTT, PT,etc.). Symptoms include easy bruising and bleeding that may be manifested as nosebleeds, bleeding gums, blood in the urine, blood in the stool, tarry black stools, or unusually heavy menstrual bleeding. In infants, a vitamin K deficiency may result in possibly life-threatening bleeding within the skull (intracranial hemorrhage).
Medications that can lower Vitamin K2 levels in the body include*: Antibiotics (especially cephalosporins), anticonvulsants (such as phenytoin), Orlistat (Xenical, Alli) and Olestra (for weight loss), bile acid sequestrants (to lower cholesterol).
1 V-CAPSULE PROVIDES:
Dosage: 1 Capsule daily or as directed by your health care practitioner.