Vitamin k2 and Calcium

How Calcium is Absorbed and Incorporated

For the longest time, conventional wisdom suggested that whenever consuming calcium, Vitamin D3 is essential. This is certainly true because Vitamin D3 aids in absorbing calcium from the digestive tract into the arteries, but in light of recent research and studies, we now realize that this is only half the story. Vitamin K2 has been shown to be equally important in preventing calcium build up in arteries and transporting into bones instead.

Vitamin K2 acts within many different organs in the body to maintain proper functions of vital proteins that depend on Vitamin K for its activation. Within your bones, a Vitamin K2 activated protein called Osteocalcin functions to incorporate calcium hydroxyapatite into bones to build them up and keep them strong. Vitamin K2 also functions in your blood vessels by interacting with Matrix Gla Protein to keep calcium from accumulating in your arteries.

Even now we can see that just about every product having to do with calcium is supplemented with Vitamin D3 (i.e. dairy products, supplements, etc.) but the same cannot be said about Vitamin K2. Because of ample amounts of Vitamin D3 and Calcium in your diet but lack of Vitamin K2, calcium is successfully absorbed into your bloodstream, but isn’t incorporated into your bones. As a result, calcium plaques begin to form and harden along the sides of arteries, while simultaneously your bones begin to weaken due to lack of calcium.

Vitamin K2 (MK-7) helps keep calcium from hardening and blocking arteries while redirecting calcium to maintain bone strength at the same time.

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