Vitamin K Intake Reduces the Incidence of Heart Disease|
By Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy, - August 31, 2009
A high dietary intake of vitamin K2 (menaquinone, menatetrenone) reduces the incidence of coronary heart
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a failure of the blood vessel
circulation to supply adequate circulation to heart muscle and heart tissue. Vitamin K proteins in the body
inhibit blood vessel calcification. Calcification inside the blood vessel walls is associated with narrowing
of the blood vessels and decrease blood circulation to the heart muscle and heart tissue.
A study group of 16,057 heart disease free women were followed for approximately 8 years. At the end of the
study 480 women had coronary heart disease.
Researchers found higher dietary vitamin K2 intake reduced the risk of coronary heart disease. Each 10 mcg/day of
vitamin K2 decreased the risk of CHD by 9%. Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) intake was not associated with
The researchers found a high intake of vitamin K2 could protect against coronary heart disease.
Reference Source: Nutrition and Metabolism in Cardiovascular Disease, September 2009;
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Vitamin K2 Sources: Vitamin K2 is found in meat and cheese in the Western
diet and fermented natto in the Eastern diet. Vitamin K1 is found in green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin K2 also assists with the formation of osteocalcin in bones and has anti-cancer activity.
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You can test for Vitamin K in your body by doing the SpectraCell Laboratory Analysis.
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