Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Lifeby Published 07 Nov 2011
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The secret to avoiding calcium-related osteoporosis and atherosclerosis While millions of people take calcium and Vitamin D supplements thinking they're helping their bones, the truth is, without the addition of Vitamin K2, such a health regimen could prove dangerous. Without Vitamin K2, the body cannot direct calcium to the bones where it's needed; instead, the calcium resides in soft tissue (like the arteries) -- leading to a combination of osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, or the dreaded "calcium paradox." This is the first book to reveal how universal a Vitamin K2 deficiency is, and the risk (in the form of cancer and diabetes, among other ailments) the absence of Vitamin K2 poses. Written by Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue, a popular health expert on Canadian television and radio, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox sounds a warning about the popularity of the calcium and Vitamin D craze, while illustrating the enormous health benefits of Vitamin K2 in making the body less susceptible to dental cavities, heart disease, prostate cancer, liver cancer, diabetes, wrinkles, obesity, varicose veins, and other ailments. * The book demystifies this obscure supernutrient -- a fat soluble vitamin that humans once thrived on, ignored by scientists for almost seventy years * Details how the consumption of grass-fed animals led to adequate Vitamin K2 intake -- while grain-based animal feed helped eradicate Vitamin K2 from our diets * Describes how doctors are raising recommended doses of calcium and Vitamin D -- without prescribing Vitamin K2 * Details more damning facts about transfats -- and how the creation of a synthetic Vitamin K interfered with the body's Vitamin K metabolism An essential book for anyone interested in bone health, or maintaining their overall health, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox is the guide to taking the right combination of supplements -- and adding Vitamin K2 to a daily regimen.
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An excellent review of the inter-relationships between vitamin K2, Vitamin D, calcium and Vitamin A written by a medical doctor.
I did not know that grass fed butter, dairy products, eggs and meats contain K2 and that non-grass fed products have little or no K2. Gouda and brie cheeses are high in K2 which is something I would enjoy eating. There is also a Japanese delicacy called nano which has the highest K2 of any food. It was mentioned repeatedly that it is rather repugnant to Western tastes - smelly and slimy. I don't think I will be regularly eating it.
I will take a K2 supplement after reading this book. K2 appears to have miraculous benefits - for bones, cancer prevention, diabetes prevention, and many more health benefits.
The one thing that would have made this book better would have been brand names mentioned for the vitamins. I would have liked her specific recommendations by brand name.
Within the span of a few weeks, I first saw the fermented bean product natto used as an ingredient in a cooking competition on television. Then I read an interesting article on vitamins K1 and K2 which briefly alluded to the "X factor" research, and identified natto as the highest food source of vitamin K2. Finally I saw this book on prominent display in my local health food store. So I feel I was destined to read it.
I was already aware of the benefits of pastured (grass-fed) beef for getting the right balance of omega-3 and omega-6 in the diet, but I had little knowledge -- well, zero knowledge actually -- of vitamin K2 and its essential role in making sure calcium is utilized properly in the body, nor of how this process also relies on vitamins A and D. After reading this book, which had just enough technical detail to not feel oversimplified, I now know that grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, ghee (clarified butter), and natto would be hugely beneficial additions to my diet, if I can get my hands on them. Unfortunately, current nutritional wisdom vilifies many of these ingredients, while modern large-scale farming techniques make them scarce and difficult to obtain. Luckily, this book also contains valuable information (especially for Canadians) on the best way to add K2 to your diet through supplements.
This book is highly recommended for those who want to update their knowledge of nutrition beyond the current norm of using calcium supplementation alone to prevent osteoporosis. There is a lot more involved, and this book provides needed details.
A Critically Important Vitamin I Knew Nothing About
Before reading this book, I knew nothing about Vitamin K, let alone the distinction between K1 and K2. A friend recommended this book when I shared with him that I had received a high Cardiac Calcium Scan Score.
Essentially K2 enables your body to store calcium in your bones (where you need it) rather than in your tissues (where you don’t). In fact, not only can K2 prevent heart disease. It can actually reverse it. The author presents compelling scientific evidence to prove it.
Since finishing this book, I am not only added a K2 supplement to my diet, I am also eating more foods that are high in K2—liver, eggs, and cheese.
If you have a family history of heart disease or have been diagnosed with heart disease, I highly recommend this book.
Did you know that if you live in the U.S. you are most likely deficient in a rather obscure, but extremely important vitamin called menaquinone, also known as vitamin K2? Well it’s true, and author Kate Rhéaume-Bleue has the data to prove it in her very informative book Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox.
Why is vitamin K2 (not to be confused with vitamin K1) so important? Well for one thing it helps get calcium to your bones. You may have heard in the news that calcium supplements cause heart attacks. The reason for is this is because without vitamin K2, the calcium calcifies in your veins instead of going to your bones like it should. Consequently a vitamin K2 deficiency can cause heart attacks, strokes and osteoporosis. Rhéaume-Bleue also goes on to show that vitamin K2 can also help prevent arthritis, wrinkles, Azheimer's disease, cavities, and may even help prevent cancer.
So what foods are rich in vitamin K2? Not very many, at least not in our modern day diet. A long time ago people used to get vitamin K2 from meat, eggs and butter from grass-fed livestock, but now since almost all livestock is grain-fed, vitamin k2 has practically disappeared. The other source of K2 is a Japanese, fermented, soybean dish called natto, which is pretty hard to get a hold of in the States.
Consequently the best way to get K2 is through supplements. There are two kinds of vitamin K2 – MK-4 (which comes from animal products) and MK-7 (which comes from natto). I won’t go into the whole spiel. Suffice to say, Rhéaume-Bleue recommends that you get the MK-7 about 120 mcg per day.
After reading this book, I thoroughly believe that pretty much almost every American should go pick up some K2 supplements. The American diet does not offer K2 and it’s causing a slew of health concerns. Rhéaume-Bleue proved that to me.
This book was informative, easy to read and I learned a lot of new things about vitamins A, D and of course, K2. I think the information here is important. The only reason I knocked a star was because the book is a little repetitive.
Very interesting, everyone should read this just to be better informed re diet and calcium, then make a decision about whether or not to supplement with K2