During this National Women’s Health Week, I want to bring awareness to a vitamin that not a lot of people know about or have even heard of: Vitamin K2. Upon a recent discovery from my dad’s boss, I’ve learned that Vitamin K2 plays a vital role in our health and wellness. A deficiency of this nutrient in our diets could be a cause for several chronic diseases. There are 2 types of Vitamin K: Vitamin K1 and K2, and they both play big roles in our health. Vitamin K1 is known to assist with blood clotting, whereas K2 assists with heart and bone health.
Studies of Vitamin K2 have shown that it reduces the calcium build-up in your blood vessels which can be a risk for heart disease. Taking a D3 supplement along with K2 will help to assist with the calcification of your bones.
The best sources of Vitamin K1 are green leafy vegetables. The top 5 are:
- Kale (cooked)
- Mustard greens (cooked)
- Swiss chard (raw)
- Collard greens (cooked)
- Beet greens (cooked)
The best sources of Vitamin K2 are meats and cheeses. The top 5 meats and cheeses are:
- Beef liver or hard cheeses
- Pork chops or Jarlsberg cheese
- Chicken or soft cheeses
- Bacon or Edam cheese
- Ground beef or blue cheese
Even with eating a well-balanced diet including the items above, we are still not getting enough of the K2 vitamin to prevent a deficiency. Here is a book which I highly recommend about this vitamin and how a K2 deficiency may be affecting your health for the short term, long term and generationally: Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life. Vitamin supplements with K2 and D3 which myself, my family and all of my father’s work family uses have provided great results for our heart health. Vitamin K2 may just be a key to your healthy heart.