If you haven’t heard of Vitamin K2 – it can save lives…and not in a small way…in the big ways.
We’re talking protection against cancer.
Protection against diabetes.
Protection against osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Protection for your heart.
Kinda important right?
When I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I started researching Vitamin K2.
This was sooo many years ago and the best supplement I could find was a cod liver oil supplement with K2 in it …
…but cod liver oil NEVER agreed with me…and over time, I gave up on it.
Recently however, as I searched for solutions for a family member with a preliminary cancer diagnosis, I found a brand of K2 I could stand behind.
It’s called Megaquinone. So I set off to give it a try.
Megaquinone is a K2 supplement with trace minerals.
K2 is really hard to find in our Western diet. And researchers now believe that more than 9 out of 10 people may be at risk from a vitamin K2 deficiency which is no bueno.
Taking a K2-7 supplement can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
And those are risks I’d like to reduce.
I’ve even learned that researchers in Japan have discovered that Vitamin K2 helps with senile dementia too.
And here are some more facts:
Osteoporosis + Osteopenia
There are many published clinical studies showing that vitamin K2 halts bone mineral density loss. This is a huge benefit for people with osteopenia and osteoporosis. In fact, supplemental K2 became a first-tier treatment in Japan for osteoporosis. K2 is an essential co-factor in the activation of Gla proteins in the bone (osteocalcin) and blood vessels (matrix Gla-protein) which means that K2 is directly responsible for ensuring that calcium in the diet is deposited safely in the bones and not in the blood vessels. Without adequate K2, osteocalin remains inactive and calcium is not directed to create stronger bones.
The landmark Rotterdam Heart Study (over 4,800 subjects across a period of 10 years) demonstrated that participants who ingested the greatest quantities of vitamin K2 in their diet experienced a 57% reduction rate in death from heart disease than people who ingested the least amounts of vitamin K2. Even minimal K2 supplementation was found to decrease all-cause mortality by 25%. Without enough K2, undercarboxylated osteocalcin and MatrixGla Protein (MPG) lead to increased coronary calcification and cardiovascular disease. There are over 25 published studies confirming that deficiencies of K2 are correlated with increased arterial calcification and that prescriptive dosing with vitamin K2 can prevent this. Imagine helping your clients to reverse arterial calcification.
Over 40 published studies have demonstrated the important role of vitamin K2 against cancer. Vitamin K2 has been shown to induce apoptosis in vitro with leukemia cells, and lower the risk of prostate and liver cancer. The EPIC-Heidelberg study on K2 supplementation and prostate cancer (24,340 subjects) found an inverse association between the intake of menaquinones and prostate cancer. Vitamin K2 was also calculated to reduce prostate cancer incidence by 30%. In a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, patients infected with hepatitis B or C (and therefore at much greater risk for developing liver cancer) were given a K2 supplement. Less than 10% of those given the supplement developed liver cancer, whereas the placebo group developed cancer at an astonishing rate of 47%.
The rates of diabetes and pre-diabetes are increasing dramatically. Over a dozen published studies have shown that K2 is protective against the development of Type 2 Diabetes, and just four weeks of K2 supplementation increases insulin sensitivity. How does this work? The mechanism is still a little bit of a mystery, yet it looks like conversion of undercarboxylated osteocalcin to carboxylated osteocalcin (for which K2 is necessary) regulates glucose metabolism, likely through β-cell dysfunction.
So this is why I’m taking Megaquinone myself and why my husband and I have encouraged our parents to take it as well.
And if you ever want to read research study after research study on the importance of Vitamin K2 for your body, go to Pub Med – there are over 3000 research articles on the subject.
The body is a holistic organism. We can’t only focus on thyroid health…everything in our body works together and we must focus on our entire system to keep it in balance for easier healing, better energy and a vibrant life.
I think supplementing with Vitamin K2 can do a lot to maintain that balance.