This vitamin is the key to good blood flow, especially down there…
This vitamin improves blood flow, helps clear calcified blood vessels
Vitamin K2 has been a popular topic in health circles for the past decade.
Prior to that, it had been generally neglected and unknown to the general public.
It is now commonly given alongside vitamin D to ensure proper calcium metabolism, but K2’s importance can easily be overlooked.
Vitamin K2 is particularly important to protect against a very sinister pathology: arterial calcification.
It’s important to differentiate between vitamin K1 and K2. While sharing many characteristics, they are not the same.
Vitamin K2 is chiefly found in animal products, while K1 is largely found in plant foods.
Moreover, K1 does not appear to have the therapeutic properties of K2:
“Despite their similar in vitro cofactor activity we show that MK-4 (K2) and not K1 inhibits warfarin-induced arterial calcification.” – Spronk et al. (2003)
Calcification refers to the process through which calcium gets deposited in tissues where it shouldn’t be.
It should go to your bones, but in circumstances of stress, stress hormones including parathyroid hormone play a role in calcium getting deposited in arteries, organs, brain and soft tissues.
This reduces the flow of blood (and therefore oxygen) to many bodily tissues, causing light symptoms at first…
But there’s the potential to lead to sinister consequences.
Beside coronary events, the canonical symptom is high blood pressure, which is an adaptive trait of individuals with calcified arteries.
Beyond high blood pressure, it can be difficult to identify a telling physical feature of calcification, aside from general fatigue.
That being said, a very common example of calcification is male pattern baldness.
In men (and women) suffering with so-called male pattern baldness, there is a definite presence of calcification in the scalp tissues, but also systemically.
Indeed, baldness is empirically associated with cardiovascular pathologies.
Losing hair on top of the scalp is the icing on the cake highlighting severe calcification throughout the rest of the body.
Now, vitamin K2 has been shown protective and even therapeutic against calcification in animal trials, but until recently, the evidence was not as clear cut regarding humans.
A 2020 paper by Shioi et al. reviews the literature on human effectiveness of vitamin K2 supplementation and conclude:
“Therefore, it is likely that vitamin K2 intake might be beneficial for prevention of future CV events.” – Shioi et al. (2020)
Bottomline, vitamin K2 supplementation is an easy and necessary step to protect against some of the greater health threats of the modern age.
Vitamin K2 (MK4) is abundant in animal products such as butter, aged cheeses, and liver.
Most people do not eat these foods anymore.
If you do, good for you!
A simple approach to remedy things, aside from food selection, is to supplement with a topical vitamin K2 supplement.
Vitamin K2 can be absorbed transdermally, and is stored in adipose tissues, which means you shouldn’t need to supplement daily.
1mg to 45mg have been used therapeutically on a daily basis, with no side-effects.
Smaller doses (1mg daily) should be enough to prevent further calcification, but to reverse existing changes, larger doses (10mg+ daily) are probably more likely to be therapeutic.
Shioi, A., Morioka, T., Shoji, T., & Emoto, M. (2020). The Inhibitory Roles of Vitamin K in Progression of Vascular Calcification. Nutrients, 12(2), 583. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12020583
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