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.
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.
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.
Vitamin K 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.
What are the vitamin K2 benefits?
Working together with vitamin D3, vitamin K2 is responsible for distributing calcium throughout the body and ensuring that the bones and tissues get an adequate supply. Vitamin K2 not only transports calcium to bone, increasing bone density and helping to prevent and heal fractures, but it also helps to protect against calcium build-up, or calcification, of the body’s blood vessels and soft tissues.
In a nutshell, vitamin K2 is responsible for 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 other parts of the body, most notably soft tissue, organs and blood vessels. It does this 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 by supplementing can reduce the likelihood of coronary heart disease and its associated afflictions.
Vitamin K2 has also been linked with reducing inflammation in the body - another leading cause of heart disease - as well as with reducing the likelihood of developing immune disorders, stress-related illnesses or experiencing premature ageing.
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.
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.
You can also obtain vitamin K2 from the foods you eat. As discussed, 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. These foods are great sources of vitamin K2:
- Natto (fermented soy beans)
- Goose liver
- Egg yolks
- Dark chicken meat
- Other high-fat dairy products
Further benefits of a lifestyle high in vitamin K2, whether from dietary or supplementary sources, include improved kidney health, brain health, 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.
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.