Research has recently shown the majority of North Americans are deficient in Vitamins K2 and D3, especially during dark winter months, and thought to be directly responsible for a portion of adult bone breakage. It is suggested that supplementation with each can support the health of multiple metabolic systems such as the cardiovascular, immune, and musculoskeletal systems. Neither nutrient is found in adequate levels in the human diet, which is why supplementation is important.
• Vitamin D3 is required for absorption of calcium from the gut, regulation of serum calcium levels, and regulation of at least 1000 genes
• Vitamin K2 (also known as menaquinone-4, menaquinone-7, menaquinone-9) are required for modification of proteins that deposit calcium in bones
Is vitamin K2 the same as vitamin K1?
No, vitamin K1 is associated mostly with proper blood clotting, while the multiple varieties of vitamin K2 are thought to influence vascular and bone health.
What is vitamin D3?
Vitamin D is naturally produced in the human body mainly from sun exposure and a small amount from diet. Supplementation is required if we avoid the sun. Vitamin D3 helps to reduce inflammation and increases calcium absorption from the intestines, which are thought to be very important for bone health.
Can people take too much vitamin K2 and D3?
Only individuals on blood thinners such as Coumadin need to be concerned about K2. Vitamin D supplementation needs to be monitored in patients at risk for hypercalcemia, such as those with primary hyperparathyroidism, granulomatous diseases, certain cancers, thyroid disease, or use thiazide diuretics.
**Note - Patients on anticoagulant therapy should not take MK-7 or other K2 varieties without supervision and monitoring by their attending physician. Researchers suggest that 50 mcg is safe upper limit of MK-7 and other longer menaquinones (MK-8, MK-9) for properly monitored patients taking anti-coagulants12
Did you know that In Motion Spine & Joint Center carries a variety of supplements?
Anabolic Laboratories Ultra K2-D3 provides the recommended amount of vitamins K2 and a liberal amount of vitamin D3, the preferred form of vitamin D. As a pleasant tasting, chewable tablet, Ultra K2-D3 is easily taken by people who find it difficult to swallow supplements and need vitamins K2 and D3.