About Vitamin K2
Vitamin K2 is the collective term for a group of Vitamin K compounds called menaquinones. Vitamin K2 is a powerful anti-oxidant that's clinically proven to have extraordinary effects on cardiovascular and bone health. New research shows that it may also promote intestinal health as well as healthy joints.
Vitamin K2 is more accessible that Vitamin K1. When you eat food rich in Vitamin K1, less than 10% of the ingested K1 is absorbed into the bloodstream. Almost 100% of Vitamin K2 is absorbed and it lasts for several days in your bloodstream, as opposed to the few hours K1 typically lasts.
Vitamin K2 is lipid soluble and naturally produced in the gastrointestinal track by bacteria but is available in synthetic form. Some of the health benefits of Vitamin K2 include:
- Vitamin K2 promotes bone metabolism and reduces the occurrence of fractures in osteoperosis, as well as sustains lumbar bone mineral density in osteoporosis
- Vitamin K2 has been proven to offer more bone health benefits than Vitamin K1
- Vitamin K2 helps suppress atherosclerosis by decreasing serum cholesterol as well as cholesterol deposits in the aorta
- Vitamin K2 induces apoptosis in leukemia cells
The cardiovascular benefits of Vitamin K2 are outstanding as well. In a 2004 study conducted in the Netherlands, scientists followed 4,800 men and women for 10 years. The Rotterdam study found that Vitamin K2 reduced aortic calcification by 30-40% and reduced the risk of coronary heart disease mortality by 50%.
While it may be difficult to get a substantial amount of Vitamin K2 from your everyday diet, you can enjoy a healthier life with products from InVite Health that contain Vitamin K2.
Related Articles about Vitamin K2
- Vitamin K2 and Bone Health, by Lisa Flax, Nutritionist