Studies have shown that the majority of the western population suffers from a deficiency of vitamin K2. Is this fact related to heart disease? The main cause of myocardial infarction is the formation of atherosclerotic plaque, and calcium is the main constituent of atherosclerotic plaques. Why calcium is deposited in the blood vessels and how to counteract this phenomenon?
Arterial calcification is considered an irreversible process that is the result of aging. However, a recent study has shown that people taking vitamin K2 do not experience arterial calcification despite their advanced age, and their blood vessels remain fully elastic.
The body is equipped with a natural mechanism that prevents the build-up of calcium in the walls of blood vessels. However, in order for this mechanism to function properly, you need vitamin K2, which is the most potent natural inhibitor of the calcification process. With the participation of vitamin K2, the special protein binds calcium and prevents its crystallization, inter alia in the walls of the blood vessels of the heart, kidneys and lungs.
Chronic deficiency of vitamin K2 does not cause any violent symptoms. Therefore, the deficit of vitamin K2 is usually not recognized.
How to deliver vitamin K2?
OMEGA+++ contains omega 3 fatty acids for heart health and joint health, has anti-inflammatory properties and improves memory work. However, in the context of this article the most important is the fact that this dietary supplement contains vitamin K2 in the active form, which contributes to the health of the heart and blood vessels. Vitamin K2 is not produced by the body and should be provided as part of the diet.
The existence of vitamin K2 was discovered in 1929, but it was not until many years later that its function in the body was determined. In the 1970s, it was considered a necessary factor for bone formation. In 2008, it was discovered that vitamin K2 is essential in the reduction of calcium deposits, which contribute to calcification of the arteries and heart attacks. Deficiency of this vitamin may cause bone and cardiovascular impairment, and deficiency symptoms are visible only after the long-term duration of the deficit.
The recommended daily dose of vitamin K2 for adults is around 1 microgram per kilogram body weight. However, for the activation of all vitamin K2 dependent proteins, a larger amount of this vitamin is needed. Among other things, the process of calcium binding in bones and the prevention of atherosclerotic plaque accumulation – require higher doses.
In addition to vitamin K2 supplementation, it is recommended to use a balanced diet containing fish, meat, cheese, butter and fermented soy products that also contain vitamin K2.