Vitamin K2 is as necessary for supporting bone and heart health, as calcium, according to a new study published in Open Heart¹.

 

With close to 5 million Australians over 50 living with osteoporosis or poor bone health², we need better strategies for optimising bone strength and reducing risk of fracture – with one fracture every 3.6 minutes in Australia.

 

World Vitamin K2 expert Dr Hogne Vik is in Australia and today he  shared his insights into how Australians can optimise their calcium intake with vitamin K2, and strengthen bones while reducing their risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Dr Vik explained to Dave

–          The vital role vitamin K2 plays in the process of directing calcium into bones and teeth. In short, in the absence of vitamin K2 the calcium from foods (i.e. milk) can end up in arteries as opposed to bones and teeth – and can increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease

–          The latest clinical research in vitamin K2. New research suggests a vitamin K2 deficiency poses as high a risk of cardiovascular disease as tobacco use (due to the reason above)

–          Osteoporosis and vitamin K2. How the vitamin can help strengthen bones and reduce risk of fracture.

–          Vitamin K2 deficiency. This is understood to be widespread particularly in those taking statins, as statins have been shown to inhibit vitamin K2 synthesis.

 

  1. O’Keefe JH, Bergman N, Carrera-Bastos P, et al. Nutritional strategies for skeletal and cardiovascular health: hard bones, soft arteries, rather than vice versa Open Heart 2016;3:e000325. doi:10.1136/openhrt-2015-000325.