When Calcium Is Bad For You & What To Do?
Unfortunately misbehaving calcium can be bad for you… It’s calcium that may cause arterial blockages, arthritis and more. However there are a number of ways to make it behave.
Let Dr. Mercola tell you about the value of Vitamin K2 and how it’s different from other K vitamins and why you need it.
Vitamin K1 and K2—Two Underappreciated Nutrients That Are Crucial for Health
By Dr. Mercola
Most readers here appreciate the importance of vitamin D, as do many physicians. However, there’s another vitamin that is virtually equivalent in terms of benefit that is still sorely underappreciated, and that is vitamin K2.
Very little is known about it, and it doesn’t get much media attention. Dr. Leon Schurgers is a senior scientist who did his PhD work on vitamin K, and I recently had the pleasure of interviewing him on this important topic.
He began his research on vitamin K some 20 years ago at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and he’s currently one of the leading researchers in the world on this vitamin.
Vitamin K—both K1 and K2—are well known for their function in thrombosis. According to Dr. Schurgers, all K vitamins actually have more or less the same function, which is related to the first part of the vitamin, called the naphthoquinone ring structure.
This ring structure is identical for both K1 and K2. The two vitamins are only different in their side chains.
The Blood Clotting Functions of Vitamins K
Vitamin K1 is well known for being crucial for proper blood clotting. But Dr. Schurgers clarifies this by saying that both vitamins K1 and K2 activate certain coagulation factors. Specifically, there are four coagulation factors (Factor 2, 7, 9, and 10) in the coagulation cascade that are activated by vitamins K1 and K2.
According to Dr. Schurgers, there’s no risk of over coagulating if you take a lot of vitamin K. In other words, your coagulation factors will not become overactive if you take high amounts of vitamin K1 or K2. So it is quite safe to consume vitamin K when you are not taking an oral anticoagulant drug.
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