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Good News for Old Bones!

Got tired, old bones? You need vitamin K!

A new research study has concluded that vitamin K2 in supplemental form (menaquinone) “significantly decreased the age-related decline in bone mineral density and bone strength” and said that “low-dose MK-7 supplements may therefore help postmenopausal women prevent bone loss.”

Specifically, the study noted that K2 “significantly improved” bone mineral density and bone strength in the lumbar spine and femoral neck bones.

Vitamin K is best known for helping blood to clot normally. Incidentally, this is where the “K” comes from; the German medical journal that first published the findings of the vitamin in 1935 referred to it as Koagulationsvitamin.

It is also known to help protect nerve cells from oxidative damage.

In fact, vitamin K helps a variety of health conditions:

  • anticoagulant therapy
  • bone fracture
  • chronic liver disease
  • cystic fibrosis
  • hardening of the arteries
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • liver cancer
  • pancreatic cancer
  • kidney stones
  • nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
  • osteopenia (bone loss)
  • osteoporosis (decreased bone mineral density)
  • thrombosis

Interestingly, the type of K2 (menaquinone) used in the study is the same type included in Hallelujah Acres’ B-Flax-D supplement, which also includes vitamin D3, another important factor in bone health.

The amount of K2 in B-Flax-D is much less (10 mcg) than the study participants were taking (180 mcg). However, this can be a good thing. Too much vitamin K can interfere with blood thinning medications, but the amount in B-Flax-D has been clinically shown not to interfere with this kind of medication.

Now, if you are one of those who are on an anti-coagulant medication (like Coumadin, for example), there is some technology you can take advantage of; there’s an iPhone app you can buy to track your intake of vitamin K to help you keep levels under control.

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  1. cookie May 8, 2013

    i have read in this past year that the mega doses of vit. D3 without the appropriate amount of K2 causes the D3 to calcify in the arteries. it’s a good thing to know. i’ve started with a supplemental form of k2 from natto but also cut down my D3 because i don’t know how to balance the two.

    • Hi Cookie , Where is the evidence for this? What I have read is that it is harmless in higher doses and as one ages getting it from the sun is not very effective

  2. Does anyone know any more about Vitamin K and pancreatic cancer?

    • Not offhand, but would like to know more. My theory is that the SAD (standard American diet) is the culprit here w/the rise in pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. This is an over-worked organ that regulates insulin production/release and the amount of sugar in one’s diet has to be a factor. High-glycemic grains, vegetables, and fruits such as rice, potatoes, corn, bananas and orange juice convert to sugar which requires insulin to manage the amount of sugar in the system. The pancreas works overtime in this capacity and cells become insulin-resistant when there is too much sugar being released and not enough anti-oxidants in the system. When the cells become resistant, more insulin is produced and is converted to fat if not utilized. Sugar is the main factor in most inflammatory ‘diseases’ such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, etc. The quality of fat is important too and butter, coconut oil, and olive oil are excellent additions to the diet, coconut in particular w/its medium-chain triglycerides. Avoid canola, cottonseed, corn, safflower, and sunflower oils as they are high in Omega 6’s, which we have too much of and also because many of these commercial oils are genetically-modified.

      Saturated fats such as butter and coconut oil are not the bad guys they’ve been portrayed as by the food conglomerates that bank on people using their adulterated oils. The media is the $hill by which this false info is propagated.

      Btw, Dr. Joseph Mercola and the Weston Price foundation have some excellent articles on these oils and also on how the pancreas works.

  3. My grandfather was a doctor in the late 1800-1900’s and said that sunshine and water are the cheapest medicine there is. He was born in Germany and in Europe there are mineral-rich springs and areas where people go to sunbathe and soak in the springs. My dad got sunshine every day of his life by sitting outside or traveling to areas like Florida in the winter/spring as it ‘felt good’ to him. He was the longest-living member of his family (82) and swore by the sun as being a factor in his long life.

    Vitamin D is actually a hormone, not a vitamin, and the body requires it every day. Supplemental form is second-best and not a good substitute for sunlight. Every cell in the body has receptor sites for vitamin D and it is a necessary hormone for almost all bodily functions. It is the lack of vitamin D which is a factor in melanoma, influenza, bone loss, etc. In the fall/winter, my son (20) and I visit a high-end tanning salon twice a week to get our dose of necessary D-3. It’s important not to wash w/soap (water is ok) for at least 48 hrs after exposure and the more skin exposed, the better. It takes 48 hrs for the body to synthesize vitamin D and calcium is generated when the body has enough. Magnesium balances calcium and it is best to take at least 600 mgs of magnesium a day. Vitamin K has not been discussed as much as calcium, because millions of dollars are generated by the ‘Calcium marketing campaign’ which has been in overdrive for the past 30 or more yrs. Would like to see more discussion of the benefits of Vitamin K which has been overlooked. Btw, supplemental form of calcium is not the same and people have a tendency to overdo it. If you do take calcium, be sure to get a formula which has magnesium in it as it will regulate the absorption of calcium. Overall, vitamin D, via the sun, is the best way to absorb this necessary hormone.

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