What You Really Need To Know About Vitamin K (an Overview)
Lara Pizzorno is the author of “Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life – Naturally” and a member of the American Medical Writers Association with 29 years of experience specializing in bone health.
Recently we asked Lara if she would help us provide a series of short, ongoing videos to help you (our customers and readers) stay up to date on the latest facts and science related to bone health and overcoming osteoporosis naturally.
In this latest video, Lara reveals the topic for our upcoming set of videos on…vitamin K! In this video, she discusses what the upcoming videos are going to talk about . Watch the video below (or read the transcript provided) and let us know what you think in the comments. 🙂
So what we’re going to cover is the following.
- First, I’ll try to give you an overview, that vitamin K in both its forms K-1 and K-2 plays a number of critical roles in your bones’ health.
- Then I’ll talk to you about how vitamin K-1 works, and what happens when you don’t get enough vitamin K-1. I’ll discuss with you the dietary recommendations for getting adequate K-1, and I’ll talk to you about why refined oils do not contain vitamin K-1 in the standard American diet. The bottom line here is that you can get enough K-1 from your diet, but you’re not going to get it from processed foods.
- Then we’ll discuss how vitamin K-2 works, and what happens when your intake of vitamin K-2 is too low. I’ll talk to you about dietary recommendations for vitamin K-2, but the bottom line with this nutrient is that you will need to take a supplement unless you live in Japan and regularly consume a fermented soybean food called Natto.
- We’ll talk about which supplements you should take, and this involves a discussion of the different types of K-2: MK-4, and MK-7. You’ll most likely be wanting to use MK-7 for a bunch of reasons that we’ll discuss, but some people need MK-4, and just a few of us need MK-4. And I’ll talk to you about why that is, and I’ll try to help you figure out if you might be one of the people that need MK-4, instead of MK-7.
- If you’re taking a supplement, you’re going to need to know what dosage you should be taking, and this depends on whether your supplement is providing MK-4 or MK-7, it also depends upon how much vitamin D you need to take, to get your blood levels of vitamin D into optimal range. We’ll talk about the safety issues related to taking vitamin K-2. It’s very safe, but we’ll still discuss the dosages that are used in the various studies, and what the results have been.
- We’ll also talk about drugs that decrease your body’s ability to retain and to use vitamin K. These involve warfarin, anticonvulsants, and sevelamer which is a kidney drug. How do these drugs reduce vitamin K-2, and what you should do about it if you have to take one of these drugs? That will be the topic of another video.
- Lastly, I want to talk to you about why it is essential to balance your intake of vitamin D and vitamin K-2. The appropriate balance is provided for you in AlgaeCal Plus, but if you require more vitamin D than is provided by AlgaeCal Plus, you will also need more vitamin K, and we’ll discuss why, and figure out how much more you need.
- Lastly, I would like to talk with you about why you also need vitamin A, and not just beta-carotene, which is pro-vitamin A, but actual vitamin A, along with vitamin D, and vitamin K-2, why all three of these need to be taken together. We’ll discuss the issues surrounding vitamin A, and its relationship to vitamin D and vitamin K, and then you can make an informed decision as to what you should be doing. So on our next video, will begin with the first topic on the list, which is vitamin K in both its forms, K-1, and K-2, plays a number of critical roles in your bones health. Thanks for tuning in, and I hope you’ll join me on our whole odyssey through the intricacies of vitamin K.
The Complete Vitamin K Bone Health Series List (with links to videos):