We want to tell you a secret about bone health; something your doctor probably does not know…. You can optimize your bone health naturally.
Have you recently been informed that you have a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis? Do you have a family history of any of these conditions and are you concerned wanting to do your best to avoid the consequences of weak and brittle bones?
Has your doctor written up a prescription for drugs like Fosamax, Actonel, or Recast to name a few? Have you also been told to increase your calcium and Vitamin D intake?
So, how are you feeling about taking these medications and the risk of fractures, esophageal cancer, and bone damage to your jaw? Plus, taking high doses of calcium has the potential to deposit in harmful ways in your body.
It is well known that when you take calcium it can deposit in the tissues where it can be harmful rather than helpful. This means over time the continued deposition of calcium phosphate in tissues can lead to progressive calcification. The deposited calcium salts can disrupt the normal structure and function of the affected tissues, impairing the elasticity, flexibility, and overall integrity. For example, calcium deposition into arteries can result in hardening and narrowing of blood vessels, reducing blood flow and increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Heart valves, especially the aortic valve can accumulate calcium deposits and become stiff and reduce function, excess calcium also deposits in the kidneys, disrupting kidney function.
These are just a few examples of the potentially harmful effects of disordered calcium deposition.
Yet, maintaining strong and healthy bones is vital for overall well- being and long-term strength. While many people are aware of the importance of nutrients like calcium and Vitamin D for bone health, there is another player that deserves the spotlight: VITAMIN K2. NOT Vitamin K, BUT Vitamin K2.
Let’s explore the remarkable benefits of Vitamin K2 and how it can help you optimize bone health, helping you build a solid foundation for a vibrant life and stronger bones.
Understanding Vitamin K2 and Its Role:
Vitamin K2, also known as menaquinone, is a lesser-known form of Vitamin K. Unlike its sibling, Vitamin K1, which primarily contributes to blood clotting, Vitamin K2 takes center stage in bone health. It functions as a crucial activator of proteins involved in calcium metabolism and bone mineralization, ensuring that calcium is utilized effectively in the body.
Here are examples of how Vitamin K2 works to build better and stronger bones:
Enhancing Calcium Utilization:
Vitamin K2 plays a pivotal role in activating osteocalcin, a protein that binds calcium and directs it to the bones. By activating osteocalcin, Vitamin K2 helps promote proper bone mineralization, ensuring that calcium is effectively incorporated into the bone matrix. This process strengthens bones, reduces the risk of fractures, and supports overall skeletal integrity.
Balancing Bone Turnover:
Optimal bone health requires a delicate balance between bone formation and resorption. Vitamin K2 helps regulate this balance, supporting healthy bone turnover. By promoting the activity of bone-building cells called osteoblasts while inhibiting excessive bone breakdown by osteoclasts, Vitamin K2 helps maintain strong and resilient bones.
Preventing Calcium Misplacement:
One of the remarkable benefits of Vitamin K2 is its ability to prevent calcium from accumulating in the wrong places, such as arterial walls and soft tissues. By activating matrix Gla protein (MGP), Vitamin K2 helps inhibit arterial calcification, reducing the risk of cardiovascular complications and preserving vascular health. By redirecting calcium toward the bones, Vitamin K2 safeguards both bone and cardiovascular health.
Food Sources of Vitamin K2:
To reap the bone-boosting benefits of Vitamin K2, it’s essential to include food sources in your diet. Fermented foods like natto, a traditional Japanese dish, contain high levels of Vitamin K2. Other sources include certain cheeses, such as Gouda and Edam, pasture-raised animal products like eggs and meat, and natto-derived dietary supplements.
While calcium and Vitamin D often steal the spotlight when it comes to bone health, Vitamin K2 deserves recognition for its crucial role in optimizing skeletal strength and integrity. By enhancing calcium utilization, balancing bone turnover, and preventing calcium misplacement, Vitamin K2 contributes significantly to overall bone health. Incorporating Vitamin K2-rich foods and supplements into your diet can provide the foundation for strong bones and a vibrant life.
Investing in your bone health today can pave the way for a future filled with strength, resilience, and the freedom to move with confidence. Unlock the power of Vitamin K2 and embark on a journey to optimal bone health!
Schedule an integrative health visit with Dr Ahmad or Dr Khan today to find out how you can effectively use this knowledge to improve your bone health.
by Dr Tasnim Khan, Co-Founder, ShaMynds Healing Center