Vitamin K2 helps your body build strong bones by activating (carboxylating) two key proteins. The first, osteocalcin, attracts calcium into bones and teeth where it belongs. The second, matrix gla, removes calcium from blood vessels and other soft tissues. Plenty of K2 helps your bones to remain strong and your arteries to stay clear of calcium deposits. Thus vitamin K2 helps prevent osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries.
So, what foods are rich is vitamin K2? Certain seafoods, animal fats, and dairy. The Weston A. Price Foundation sent several foods to VitaK labs to test for vitamin K2 content. View the lab reports at VitaK labs vitamin k2 test results. Chris Masterjohn also has a searchable database with vitamin K2 information for many different foods. Click on searchable database in the second paragraph of his blog post.
How much K2 should you consume? Chris Masterjohn recommends 100-200 mcg per day as a nutritional dose for healthy adults, more than 200 mcg per day as a therapeutic dose. Please see your healthcare provider for advice on your particular needs.
For more information:
Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-known Vitamin Could Save Your Life by Kate Rheaume-bleue
Christ Masterjohn’s blog Start Here for Vitamin K2
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