Vitamin K, the Vitamin that Time Forgot

vt-18.jpgVitamin K is vital for anyone with digestive problems, and could help prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Many of us grew up knowing only about vitamins A, C and D: We ate our carrots because they contained vitamin A, cod liver oil because it contained A and D, and fruit because it contained vitamin C. Beyond that, we knew we should eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and that was about it. The benefits of Vitamins B and E then became common knowledge, as did the different types of both. However, throughout this evolution one vitamin was all but forgotten — vitamin K. Find out more about ‘the forgotten vitamin,’ and why so many experts are now recommending supplementation.

Vitamin K is a complex of vitamins:

  • K1, phylloquinone, is found in plants — we get it from dark green leafy vegetables.
  • K2, menaquinone, is produced by bacteria that line the intestinal tract.
  • K3 is synthetically manufactured. Because one can overdose on K3, and it is suspected of being carcinogenic, K1 and K2 are the safest.

In the past no one worried too much about vitamin K deficiency; it has been readily available in our diets, or produced in our intestinal tract. Nevertheless, deficiency is becoming more common — which is probably why we’re hearing more about it and why some experts feel daily supplementation is vital.

So why would we suddenly be deficient in this vitamin? Perhaps the answer lies in the growing prevalence of digestive problems — did you know that digestive problems are now the reason behind 82% of visits to the doctor? — and without a healthy digestive system, the body can’t absorb nutrients, nor can it produce them.

Why do you need vitamin K? Here’s what it can do for you.

  • Helps regulate blood sugar and insulin release
  • Slows the growth of cancer
  • May reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s
  • Prevents arterial plaque and heart disease
  • Improves bone density and prevents osteoporosis
  • Reduces bruising

Although vitamin K is especially vital for those with a family or personal history of osteoporosis or heart disease, it really should be taken by everyone, or at least the 82% of us who are going to doctors with digestive problems.

Decades of fast food, depleted soils, environmental pollution, and sedentary lifestyles have pretty much put an end to attaining or maintaining optimum health through diet alone. Fortunately, there are high quality supplements available and, if you want to be healthy, you need them — especially vitamin K.

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