Vitamin K2 initially emerged and has become prominent for the benefits of vitamin K2, and its ability to corral the calcium mineral as pointed out in the recent Calcium, The Double Edged Sword Of Longevity post.
However, there are many additional positive effects that K2 has in the areas of health and longevity. It is an important key essential vitamin to be embraced and when one is following the Ketogenic Recipes, Foods And Supplements For Beginners.
K2 is classified as an “essential vitamin” since it cannot be made by the body and it is not included in the Western Diet.
K2 is a vitamin that is derived from natto which is a traditional Japanese food made from soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtilis var. natto.. Although K2 is lumped in the vitamin K envelope which also includes Vitamin K1, K1 is entirely different from Vitamin K2. Vitamin K1 has long been recognized for its importance in controlling correct blood values relating primarily to clotting.
Vitamin K2 , on the other hand, does not have the same effect that vitamin K1 has.
Vitamin K2 is subdivided into two forms which are identified as MK-4 and MK-7. MK4 is synthetic and short-lived. MK 7 is key, long-lasting with a half-life of 72 hours and the body can convert it to MK-4 as needed.
K2’s TWO PRIMARY MECHANISMS
The two primary mechanisms of K2 that result in many health benefits are corralling calcium and its effect upon Mitochondria. Some of the health benefits are a result of just an action of one mechanism and some are the result of the action of both.
1. Corralling Calcium
K2 is vital in corralling calcium. This is very important since calcium is a two-edged sword in that it has extremely beneficial actions especially relating to the bones. But it also has serious bad effects on the cardiovascular system when it results in hypercalcemia.
2. Mitochondria Enhancement
K2’s effect on the Mitochondria is amazing. It revives both dead and dysfunctional Mitochondria. Plus, it increases the number of Mitochondria per cell. Mitochondria are “the powerhouse of the cell”, without which the cell dies. Cells can have between 4 to 2,000 Mitochondria.
BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF K2
-1 Bone Health
Osteoporosis is a growing problem, especially as one gets older. This is caused by hypercalcemia which is calcium levels being high in one’s blood versus being in the bone where it should be located.
The effect of K2 is to keep the much-needed calcium in the bones and out of the blood and/or other parts of the body where it is harmful.
Children have seven times the bone turnover of adults. They reach maximum bone production at age 28.
-2 Oral Health
K2 stops tooth cavities and prevents gum disease.
-3 Joint Pain
Too much calcium, which is usually caused by its damage to one’s parathyroid gland, can cause a number of symptoms, including joint pain.
Excessive Calcium and Joint Pain known from Hyperparathyroidism causes a number of classic symptoms, one of which is joint pain. This pain is due to deposition of calcium crystals in, most commonly, the knees, followed by the wrists, elbows, shoulders and ankles. Calcium balance is very important in maintaining your body’s normal function; for this reason, a “high” serum calcium level, at about 12 or 13 milligrams per deciliter, is not actually very far outside the range of normal.
-4 Aging and energy
K2 is anti-aging. It turns back the clock as it increases the cell’s number of functioning Mitochondria. An increase in a cell’s number of healthy Mitochondria results in an increase of energy output. This helps athletes and produces less lactic acid output resulting in faster recovery and increased performance. This is why it is a big sports nutrition product.
A cell can have anywhere from 4 to 2,000 Mitochondria and K2 moves the number present in a cell to optimum. This explains why children have so much energy since they have 100% of their original Mitochondria functioning, whereas a typical 90-year-old person has only 5%.
-5 Cardiovascular Health
High Vitamin K2 Intake Promotes Cardiovascular Health. The landmark Rotterdam Study showed getting more than 32.7mcg of vitamin K2 daily reduced arterial calcification by 50% and cardiovascular death risk by 46% compared to getting less than 21.6mcg of vitamin K2. And, it reduced all causes of mortality by 25%.
-6 Arterial Health
K2 increases the arterial health by removing calcium for the linings of the arteries, and also by increasing the health of the arterial muscles.
K2 also increases the arterial muscles’ compliance allowing them to expand and contract. Unfortunately, the cholesterol-lowering Statin drug lowers K2’s presence in the arteries. Therefore, K2 supplementation is need to offset this adverse effect.
-7 Heart Health
There are many plus actions derived from K2’s action on the heart.
Regarding the heart’s blood vessels, K2 serves the function of both preventing hypercalcemia and also removing calcium accumulations in its arteries.
Regarding the heart muscle, K2 increases the strength of the muscle by increasing the number of healthy Mitochondria in each of its cells. Since the Mitochondria are the Powerhouse of its cells. The highest concentration of Mitochondria is in the heart muscles. K2 rebuilds the heart muscle’s Mitochondria thus improving the heart’s output/stroke volume per stroke. K2 regenerates the heart’s dysfunctional and dead Mitochondria and increases the Mitochondria per muscle cell. Further, exercise causes K2 to build more Mitochondria in the hearts cells and
offsets Statin’s bad effect of increasing arterial plaque.
-8 Heart Ejection Fraction
As K2 increases the health of the heart and the heart muscles the heart becomes stronger and it pumps out more blood per beat. The heart increases its output by 13% on average after 8 weeks of supplementation.
Thus, one sitting on the couch all day pumps out an extra 720 liters more of oxygenated nutrient carrying blood. For one that is exercising, the increase can be increased by 24%.
K2, by increasing the arterial muscle health, allows the arteries to expand to a larger size thus decreasing high blood pressure.
By increasing the cardiac ejection fraction thus pumping out more blood per stroke and by allowing the arterial muscles to have better contractility, K2 works to reduce hypotension/low blood pressure.
-11 Vascular Regeneration
K2 seems to increase and regenerate new vessels when other vessels clogged up.
-12 Brain Health
The brain has the highest amount of K2 in the body. So it is no wonder that K2 plays a big part in dealing with cognitive decline, Alzheimers, memory loss, senile dementia problems, etc.
-13 Nervous System
K2 regenerates nerve cells, neurons and their Mitochondria and thus is very beneficial for neuropathy.
-14 Sleep Quality
By dealing with both the brain’s circulatory system and number of Mitochondria, K2 improves ones all important sleep quality.
By dealing with the overall health of the pancreas, K2 is very beneficial in reducing the risk of Diabetes. K2 offsets Statin’s 10% increase in risk for Diabetes.
K2 is quite beneficial and important during pregnancy.
It helps reduce high blood pressure. It promotes bone development in the fetus and newly born through the all-important mother’s breast milk. It promotes brain and nerve development
K2 reduces cancer risks. Reduces prostate cancer by 35%. And helps offset the cancer risk caused by the Statin drugs. Statins also reduce the K2 quantity in the body.
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However, only if one is concerned regarding an unusual amount of Calcium build up in one’s arteries, the optimum recommended supplementation of K2 that one should consider is noted to be at 300 mcg of K2 MK-7 per day.
This is best obtained by taking one Life Extension Super K with Advanced K2 Complex 90 soft gels, along with two InnovixLabs Full Spectrum Vitamin K2 with MK-7 and MK-4 which one should also ADD TO CART as they are comprised of only K2.
The reason for the addition of only the pure K2 is that one should not increase the K1 amount over that offered in Super K with Advanced Super K2.
Furthermore, K2 should be taken with 5,000 Iu of Vitamin D-3 as found in Vitamin D-3 5,000 IU,240 Softgels and with food. And, for optimum results, one should also consider taking both zinc caps and boron with the K2.
K2 supplementation is extremely safe. It has no known maximum K2 lethal dose and has no noticed side effects. If one is on blood thinners, one should especially consult with one’s Doctor regarding PT/INR.
VITAMIN K2’s EMERGENCE
As has been pointed out the benefits of vitamin K2 are that it provides many outstanding benefits for your health and should be considered whether or not you are practicing the Ketogenic Diet.
It has been pointed out that by Doctors recommending K2 to their patients they will save the lives of 2 out 3 of their patients.
Moreover, regardless of your age, it is never too late to start taking K2 to arrest and reverse any damage.
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