The Amazing Vitamin K2 Benefits on Heart Health and Bones

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Vitamin K is one of the more elusive vitamins. Not many of us know exactly what vitamin K (let alone vitamin K2) is, nor why we need it, or where the best sources can be found. Vitamin K2 is a fundamental nutrient for the smooth functioning of many of the body’s most important processes, including bone health, heart health and immunity. Being in possession of a healthy heart and strong bones are fundamental to overall wellbeing and quality of life. If you’re wondering which supplements you should be taking for bone and heart health, look no further than vitamin K2.

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When it comes to taking the best vitamins for bones and heart, and eating to prevent fractures and improve your cardiovascular health, a diet rich in vitamin K2 should be at the top of your list of lifestyle changes. Vitamin K2 transports calcium to bones and teeth, increasing density and helping to prevent breakage, chips and fractures. But it also helps to protect against excess calcium build-up, or calcification, of the body’s blood vessels and soft tissues.

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What is vitamin K2?

Vitamin K2 is a critical nutrient that is often overlooked, but it may just be the most important nutrient for bone and heart health. Its is one of the four fat-soluble vitamins that are fundamental for a fully functioning immune system and overall wellbeing. The other fat-soluble vitamins that the body needs for optimal health are A, D and E. Vitamin K2 differs from its brother vitamin K1 in that while the latter is primarily concerned with blood clotting, the former is responsible for promoting and maintaining a healthy calcium metabolism.

Vitamin K2 can have a powerful impact on improving the health of your bones, boosting your immune system and supporting your heart health, so you should look to increase your intake of this cardinal nutrient. You can obtain vitamin K2 through fermented foods like sauerkraut, natto, kimchi and kefir. It can be found in other foods too including hard cheeses, egg yolks, dark chicken meat, butter (and other high-fat dairy products), goose liver and even bacon. For most people, however, supplementing with vitamin K2 is the most effective way to ensure that you’re getting the requisite amount each and every day.

Working in tandem with vitamin D3, vitamin K2 directs and transports calcium from your diet into your bloodstream and then to the parts of your body that need it most. LYMA contains K2 VITAL® and Vita-algae D3™ in perfect ratios. Remember: one cannot work to boost your health without the presence of the other. K2 VITAL® is the world’s most bioavailable form of vitamin K2 and is formulated at a clinical dose of 75µg in LYMA. When taken in combination with Vita-algae D3™ as formulated at 2,000 i.u. in LYMA, you’ll be supporting your heart and bone health and strengthening your immune system. You’ll also enjoy a number of additional benefits associated with vitamin D3 including improved mood, a reduction in aches and pains and increased energy.

Vitamin K2 is also particularly important for maintaining bone health in menopausal women as it promotes the calcification of bone by activating a protein called osteocalcin. One particular study followed 244 menopausal women and found that those supplementing with vitamin K2 had much slower declines in their bone mineral density as they aged, and had a reduced likelihood of suffering from osteoporosis.

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What are the benefits of vitamin K2?

  1. Heart health
    While vitamin K2 promotes the calcification of bones and teeth, it simultaneously prevents the calcification of other parts of the body, most notably soft tissue, organs and blood vessels by activating a second protein, called matrix GLA protein.
    So, how does this pertain to heart disease? When calcium builds up in the arteries it can cause a blockage, or plaque, the presence of which can lead to suffering a heart attack or stroke. Vitamin K2 can help to prevent and break up these blockages, and thus adequate intake either from dietary sources or supplementation can reduce the likelihood of coronary heart disease and its associated afflictions. Vitamin K2 may also have anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a leading cause of heart disease among other afflictions.
  2. Dental health
    Given its bone health-promoting properties, it follows that vitamin K2 is also extremely important for maintaining the health of your teeth, particularly as you age. Osteocalcin is one of the main regulating proteins in both bone health and dental health. The presence of osteocalcin encourages the growth of the calcified layer beneath the enamel of your teeth, also known as dentin.
  3. Immunity boosting
    Vitamin K2 has also been linked with reducing the likelihood of developing immune disorders, stress-related illnesses or experiencing premature ageing. Maintaining adequate levels of calcium in the body is also a key determinant of whether or not you find yourself in possession of a healthy immune system. Calcium’s job is to activate immunity cells, or T-cells, to fight infection and disease. The only way to effectively metabolise calcium and to guarantee that it reaches your T-cells is to ensure an adequate intake of both vitamin D3 and vitamin K2.

In a nutshell, vitamin K2 benefits the regulation of calcium uptake and transportation of calcium around the body, and it does this via two mechanisms:

  • It encourages the calcification of bone and teeth by activating a protein called osteocalcin.
  • It prevents the calcification of soft tissue, organs and blood vessels.

The above are not the only benefits associated with this underrated vitamin; further benefits of a lifestyle high in vitamin K2, whether from dietary or supplementary sources, include improved kidney health, boosted brain health, improved insulin sensitivity and cancer prevention - specifically of the prostate and lungs.

Vitamin K2 also has the added benefit of aiding blood clotting. So if you sustain a scrape, cut or graze, then adequate vitamin K2 intake will ensure that your body is able to develop a protective layer over the injury and is able to heal faster.

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Vitamin K2 daily dosage to support a healthy heart.

K2 VITAL® is the world’s most bioavailable form of vitamin K2 and is formulated at a clinical dose of 75µg in LYMA. When taken in combination with Vita-algae D3™ as formulated at 2,000 i.u. LYMA, you’ll be supporting your body’s calcium metabolism further, and better supporting your heart and bone health than would be the case were you to supplement with either separately.

It’s important to take vitamins K2 and D3 together because, whilst vitamin D is responsible for absorption of calcium from the food we eat and the supplements we take, it has no power either to distribute, or to determine the destination, of said calcium around the body - this is where vitamin K2 comes into its own. It is, in fact, futile to supplement with one without the other when it comes to improving the health of your heart and bones.

Vitamin D3 cannot be manufactured by the body and, whilst it is sometimes called ‘the sunshine vitamin’ because we can obtain it from the sun’s rays, these rays are not usually adequate to supply us with all the D3 we need to thrive. Vitamin D3, therefore, should be taken in supplement form, ideally alongside vitamin K2 in clinically-proven quantities as is the composition of the LYMA formula.

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Bone and heart health are pertinent areas to focus on if you are particularly active, middle-aged or older, or going through menopause. Vitamin K2 can prove indispensable to people who fall into these groups.

Make sure you include foods rich in vitamin K to your diet, although in our modern societies it can be quite tricky to get the right amount through nutrition only. Another key element is that vitamin K2 is best absorbed when accompanied by fat and fortunately many foods that act as a rich source of the vitamin are also high in fat. Some of the greatest sources of vitamin K2 are:

  • Kale, mustard greens, collard greens
  • Natto (fermented soy beans)
  • Swiss chard, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts
  • Goose and beef liver
  • Hard cheese, egg yolks
  • Dark chicken meat, pork chops
  • Butter, soybean oil
  • Green beans, avocado
  • Kiwi, prunes
  • Other high-fat dairy products


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It is important to note at this point that consumption of vitamin K1 has not been shown to have any association with improved health in any of the aforementioned areas (although it is an important nutrient in and of itself).

As humans, our wellbeing is wholly dependent on having a healthy heart and strong, resilient bones. The only way to have both is to ensure that you are taking in an adequate supply of vitamin K2 - and its essential counterpart, vitamin D3 - each and every day. The easiest way to do this is to supplement with LYMA. LYMA’s patented, trusted formula has been expertly engineered to deliver you with exactly the right quantities of K2 VITAL® and Vita-algae D3™, and in perfect harmony. It’s time to unlock your potential and reclaim your vitality.

Originally published Sep 3, 2020.
Updated Jan 13, 2022.

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