Vitamin K2 combats osteoporosis and atherosclerosis

Vitamin K2

We've been saying it for a while now but recently we came across a number of videos on youtube about vitamin K2. Professor Vermeer from the University of Maastricht gives a very enthusiastic account of Vitamin K2. It is just not called a miracle cure.

The first clip is from the Limburg broadcasting company L1, from the programme Limburg laat:

And RTL7 also paid attention to it:

The Vita-K meter of Professor Vermeer

To be able to say something about the condition of the blood vessels and the vitamin K in the body, Cees Vermeer founded a company to develop simple measurements: the Vita-K meter.

Relation COVID-19 and vitamin K deficiency

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The average intake of vitamin K2-which we get from our diet-has declined significantly over the past 50 years.  

The Rotterdam study in 2004 was a 10-year study with over 4500 participants.

had significantly less calcium in their blood vessels.

It was concluded that about 90% of the participants were deficient in vitamin K2.

Vitamin K2 is beneficial for:

  • The bones, With additional intake of vitamin K can even prevent osteoporosis!!!
  • Cardiovascular by reducing arteriosclerosis, vitamin K2 plays a key role in the prevention of arterial calcification.
  • Insulin resistance and inhibition of diabetes (Blood glucose levels regulation by carboxylated osteocalcin and the anti-inflammatory effect).
  • Joint inflammation (Inhibition of various pro-inflammatory substances such as COX-2, prostaglins type 2).
  • Lowering of cholesterol levels
  • Inhibition of plaque formation such as AGEs. (advanced glycation end products)
  • Inhibition of rheumatism and arthritis.
  • Inhibitory in age-related diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases, the progression of Alzheimer's disease and incipient dementia.

An important function of vitamin K is the activation of the Gla proteins, which together with vitamin D regulate the calcium balance and calcification of soft tissues such as the breasts and osteoporosis.  counteracts.

Through the diet, we get vitamin K1 in particular from green leafy vegetables.

The function of vitamin K is to activate GLA protein, the inhibitor of calcium deposition in soft tissue.

Vitamin K2 is a group of menaquinones produced by certain bacteria and found in limited amounts in meat, dairy and eggs.

Vitamins K2 is transported with LDL (just like vitamin E).

  • Vitamin D enhances the effects of vitamin K against osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis and cancer, among others.
  • Vitamin C enhances the anticancer activity of vitamin K.

Vitamin K deficiencies, in addition to not eating, can be caused by:

  • Liver disease, cystic fibrosis.
  • Bile problems or lack of bile. It is namely a fat-soluble vitamin)
  • In case of intestinal problems such as: chronic diarrhoea, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, short bowel syndrome, intestinal resection (especially the last part of the ileum),
  • After a stomach reduction
  • medication such as antibiotics and aspirin.
  • Alcoholism
  • Overweight
  • Vitamin A and E (in high doses) can lower vitamin K.

Vitamin D stimulates K2 and increases the availability of calcium.

Be aware that also Q10 also has vitamin K2-like effects as an interaction with blood thinners. Use of both drugs with blood thinners increases the risk of blood thickening.

BE CAREFUL IF YOU'RE ON BLOOD THINNERS.

Then K2 should only be used under medical supervision.

  • Vitamin K supplementation reduces the effectiveness of vitamin K antagonists such as blood thinners like warfarin. Use of these medications requires medical supervision at doses of vitamin K above 100 mcg per day.
  • The use of vitamin K antagonists (blood thinners such as warfarin) is associated with increased calcification of the heart valve and coronary arteries.

There are many studies on vitamin K2. Here are some:

Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2002. Available at: www.nap.edu/books/0309072794/html/.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15961706/

Relation of oral anticoagulation to cardiac valvular and coronary calcium assessed by multislice spiral computed tomography

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16169351/

Regression of warfarin-induced medial elastocalcinosis by high intake of vitamin K in rats

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17138823/

Vitamin K status and bone mass in women with and without aortic atherosclerosis: a population-based study

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8849401/

A comprehensive review of vitamin K and vitamin K antagonists

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10806559/

High dietary menaquinone intake is associated with reduced coronary calcification

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18722618/

Anti-arthritis effects of vitamin K(2) (menaquinone-4)-a new potential therapeutic strategy for rheumatoid arthritis

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17681015/

Age- and brain region-specific effects of dietary vitamin K on myelin sulfatides

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20092997/

Patients with unstable control have a poorer dietary intake of vitamin K compared to patients with stable control of anticoagulation

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15886802/

Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamins A and K, iron, iodine, chromium, copper, manganese, molybdenum, zinc, and other potentially beneficial trace elements such as boron to determine the roles, if any, they play in health.

https://www.nap.edu/read/10026/chapter/1