High doses of calcium and vitamin D could be potentially harmful if not
supplemented with vitamin K2
TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Vitamin K2, a little-known super-nutrient
that humans once thrived on could be the key to reversing heart disease
and preventing osteoporosis.
Millions of people take calcium and vitamin D supplements for bone
health, but findings released as recently as April 2011 show that this
can actually increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, as the added calcium builds up in
arteries. Vitamin K2, a nutrient that disappeared from our diet
decades ago, works to help our bones absorb the calcium and keep our
"Vitamin K2 used to be a part of our regular diet," says Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, BSc., ND. "We got it mainly through eating grass-fed
animals and animal products." When the food industry became
industrialized and animals were taken from the pasture to feedlots, "we
inadvertently removed vitamin K2 from our diet," explains
Preventing heart disease isn't the only benefit of increased vitamin K2
levels. The nutrient has been found to improve prenatal health and the
rate of fertility, contribute to strong bones and cavity-free teeth in
children, and help with the absorption of insulin for those with
diabetes. It also serves as the ultimate anti-aging nutrient,
preventing wrinkles, varicose veins and osteoporosis.
"Even a slight K2 deficiency can have a long-term cost," says
Rhéaume-Bleue. "It's the triage theory of aging: your body is taking
care of more immediate concerns, while degenerative diseases associated
with aging, such as osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, quietly develop."
So how to reverse the deficiency and improve our health?
"Vitamin K2 is available as a supplement in every major health food
store," says Rhéaume-Bleue, "but one of the best ways to get it is to
simply eat locally - grass-fed eggs in particular are exceptionally
high in vitamin K2. Butter, certain types of cheese, and goose liver
are also rich in vitamin K2."
Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, BSc., ND is available for interviews.
Naturopathic Doctor Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, BSc., ND, is a graduate and former faculty member of the Canadian College of
Naturopathic Medicine, and the author of Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your
Life (Wiley, 2012). As a Canadian expert in natural medicine, Dr. Kate
lectures across the country on topics related to health and wellness.
As an engaging and sought-after speaker, she is a frequent guest on
television and radio, a contributor to several health-related
publications and a leading authority on vitamin K2.
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