Be happy, take Vitamin D3 and
Vitamin K2 MK7


Extracted from article of
Dr. Mercola
March 26, 2011
 

Vitamin D - a brief Review

Vitamin D is a key player in your overall health. The name is misleading -- it isn't actually a vitamin at all but a potent neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences nearly 3,000 of your 25,000 genes.

It literally turns on and off genes that can exacerbate -- or prevent -- many diseases. Vitamin D has been shown to influence dozens of conditions, including:

Cancer

Hypertension

Heart disease

Autism

Obesity

Rheumatoid arthritis

Diabetes 1 and 2

Multiple Sclerosis

Crohn's disease

Cold & Flu

Inflamm. Bowel Disease

Tuberculosis

Septicemia

Signs of aging

Dementia

Eczema & Psoriasis

Insomnia

Hearing loss

Muscle pain

Cavities

Periodontal disease

Osteoporosis

Macular degeneration

Reduced C-section risk

Pre eclampsia

Seizures

Infertility

Asthma

Cystic fibrosis

Migraines

Depression

Alzheimer's disease

Schizophrenia

 


Vitamin K - basics

    Vitamin K may very well end up being as important for you as vitamin D, as research continues to illuminate the growing list of its benefits for your health. Vitamin K is probably where vitamin D was ten years ago, with respect to its appreciation as a vital nutrient that has far more advantages than originally thought.

    And, according to Dr. Cees Vermeer, one of the world's top researchers into vitamin K, nearly everyone is deficient in it -- just like most people are deficient in vitamin D.

    Most of you get enough K from your diet to maintain adequate blood clotting, but NOT enough to offer protection against the following health problems -- and the list continues to grow:

Arterial calcification, cardiovascular disease and varicose veins

Brain health problems, including dementia (the specifics of which are under study)

Osteoporosis

Tooth decay

Prostate cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer and leukemia

Infectious diseases such as pneumonia



Vitamin K exists in two basic forms, K1 and K2:

        Vitamin K1: Found in green vegetables, K1 goes directly to your liver and helps you maintain a healthy blood clotting system. (This is the kind of K that infants need to help prevent a serious bleeding disorder.)

        Vitamin K2: Bacteria produce this type of vitamin K. It is present in high quantities in your gut, but unfortunately is not absorbed from there and passes out in your stool. K2 goes straight to vessel walls, bones, and tissues other than your liver.

    Making a long story even longer, there are several different forms of vitamin K2: MK4, MK7, MK8, and MK9. The form of vitamin K that has the most significance for our purposes here is MK7, a newer and longer acting form with more practical applications.

Most vitamin K2 supplements are in the form MK7.

    MK7 is extracted from the Japanese fermented soy product called natto. You could actually get loads of MK7 from consuming natto as it is relatively inexpensive, and is available in most Asian food markets. Few people, however, tolerate its smell and slimy texture, so most people who find natto unpalatable prefer to take a supplement. You can also get MK7 by eating fermented cheeses.

    For a comprehensive exploration of all the research and functions of vitamin K, refer to this article on the Weston Price website.

Now, how do vitamin D and vitamin K play together?

 

Vitamins D and K - "The Gatekeeper and the Traffic Cop"

    One of the undisputed benefits vitamin D provides for you is improved bone development by helping you ABSORB calcium. This is not news -- we have known about vitamin D and the absorption of calcium for many decades.

    But there is new evidence that it is the vitamin K (specifically, vitamin K2) that directs the calcium to your skeleton, while preventing it from being deposited where you don't want it -- i.e., your organs, joint spaces, and arteries. A large part of arterial plaque consists of calcium deposits (atherosclerosis), hence the term "hardening of the arteries."

    Vitamin K2 activates a protein hormone called osteocalcin, produced by osteoblasts, which is needed to bind calcium into the matrix of your bone. Osteocalcin also appears to help prevent calcium from depositing into your arteries.

    You can think of vitamin D as the gatekeeper, controlling who gets in, and vitamin K as the traffic cop, directing the traffic to where it needs to go.

    Lots of traffic -- but no traffic cop -- means clogging, crowding and chaos everywhere!

    In other words, without the help of vitamin K2, the calcium that your vitamin D so effectively lets in might be working AGAINST you -- by building up your coronary arteries rather than your bones.

    There is even evidence that the safety of vitamin D is dependent on vitamin K, and that vitamin D toxicity (although very rare with the D3 form) is actually caused by vitamin K2 deficiency.
 

Recommendation from Webmaster  ( not the author of the above article ):
Suggest to always take Vitamin K2-MK7 along with Vitamin D3 as shown in below table. Experiment to see which dosage is best for you. Cancer patients should take at least 10000 IU of Vitamin D3. Recommended Vitamin D3 intake in combination with Vitamin K2-MK7 should not exceed 50000.IU per day.  Don't take any of this if you are on blood-thinning medication!  Also, please note that Vitamin D3 supplementation lowers your blood pressure (hypotensive).
 

Suggested Choice of Daily Doses
 

 
Vitamin D3
 

 
Vitamin K2-MK7
 

 
COMMENTS
 

5000 IU

50 mcg

basic

10000 IU

100 mcg

comfortable

20000 IU

200 mcg

safe

50000 IU

suggested for Cancer Patients



 
 

Bio-Tech Vitamin D3 5000 IU

 


 
 

Vitamin K2 MK7 100 mcg

 
 


A very detailed and scientific account is available at this link:
www.altmedrev.com/publications/15/3/199.pdf

 

 

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