My regular readers would know my story. 14 years a vegetarian, 12 years alkaline and a broken leg from a light fall from a skateboard breaks my leg, and alerts me to the fact that I have severe osteoporosis. That’s about 4 years ago now and I’m improving through my diet and careful supplementation including vitamin K2. K2 assists the bosdy to redeposit calcium on my bones, and my annual Dexascan is showing results. But K2 is also about heart health.
The Vitamin K2 heart disease link is interesting. Calcium in hard water can clog pipes and ruin your dishwasher and sprinklers, and it can also build up deposits in our arteries.
This is part of Atherosclerosis – hardening of our arteries. When an artery becomes narrow, hard, or inflexible, blood pressure needs to increase to force blood through them. Most doctors don’t recognize the lack of Vitamin K as pertinent to hypertension.
If we become really clogged with calcium, plaque, and fatty deposits, we increase our chance of a heart attack.
Fat Soluble Vitamins
Vitamins A, D, E and K are absorbed from our small intestine along with dietary fat. If you suffer from malabsorption from Celiac Disease, Chron’s, and Colitis you may be low in fat-soluble vitamins. Absorption capability also depends on bile (produced in the gall bladder) which is excreted into the small intestine.
Unlike A, D, and E, we can’t store Vitamin K and have to supplement constantly. Like our ancestral diet, our New Alkaline Diet provides plenty of fats and fat soluble vitamins from animals, eggs, nuts and seeds. Modern diets tend to avoid the essential organ meats and the healthy saturated/animal fats we require.
The Vitamin K2 Heart Disease Link
There are more than one K’s, including K1 and K2. K1 keeps our blood at the right stage of clotting so we won’t bleed excessively when cut.
K2 directly impacts where calcium is deposited in the body. This is why I take it!
Effects of a Vitamin K2 deficiency can include:
- Dental plaque
- Arterial calcification and cardiovascular disease
- Varicose veins
- Brain health problems, including dementia
- Myelin sheath defects
You can find K1 in green vegetables, and the boady may convert some of that K1 into a small amount of K2. K2 comes in from certain fermented cheeses and Japanese Nnatto, and from organ meats, shellfish, fish eggs, and butter.
Grassfed sourced butter has K2. It’s very seasonal, so we recommend you buy it and freeze it when you can.
Vitamin D and Calcium Without Vitamin K2: a No No.
Taking K2 can REVERSE artery-clogging plaque. K can carry calcium out of the arteries and put it back into bones and teeth where it belongs.
This synergy between the fat-soluble vitamins must be in balance. If you take high doses of Vitamin D and no A or K you can cause calcium to deposit in joints, arteries, and organs of the body.
Cod Liver Oil: The Lowdown
There is no Vitamin K in Cod liver oil.
However, Cod oil does have the natural and correct forms of A and D as well as the anti-inflammatory DHA found in fish.
Vitamin K2’s support of calcium metabolism is huge. With inadequate Vitamin K2, calcium will remain in the blood stream and attach to the walls of arteries.
Bones and teeth require A, D, and K for proper growth and maintenance.
Starches, grains, sugars, and fruits give us NO fat-soluble vitamins. As hunter-gatherers, we would have had what we needed, and as farmers consuming real eggs, pastured meats, fermented raw cheese and butter, we would have acquired some as well.
Ok, it isn’t to do with hydrogen or water. ……. But, very interesting. And great justification to spend more time at the beach.
Erica, our inhouse Naturopath saw this on ScienceDaily:
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people, according to the most robust study of its kind ever conducted. An international team found that study participants who were severely vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.