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Healing Solutions Health & Nutrition

25 Aug '15

The Importance Of Taking Vitamin D3 And K2 TOGETHER!!

Posted by Karen Dame


 

Vitamin D3/K2 Sublingual Drops

 

Vitamin D and K2 are an important part of the calcium supplementation protocol. Calcium is a popular supplement many people take to promote strong, healthy bones. However, there has been a surge of articles lately highlighting the dangers associated with calcium supplementation. Studies indicate that taking calcium can promote atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, it is always best to get these nutrients from whole food sources. Nutrients derived from food are bio-available to our body and quickly recognized and absorbed. When we supplement without knowing there is a real deficiency, we risk rocking the boat and disturbing the delicate balance of nutrients that enable our bodies to run optimally.

Testing these levels through a Micro-Nutrient Test, is an excellent way to get your baseline to know what vitamins, minerals or amino acids you may be deficient in. If you feel you are not getting enough calcium rich foods in your diet, which are abundant in green vegetables, some fish and dairy, or your test results indicate you are deficient, then it may be time to supplement. Promoting strong bones requires more than just calcium. It requires other nutrients too, vitamin D, K2 and magnesium are all superstars in this arena and they need each other to be effective. They work synergistically with one another for the best absorption and delivery. Taking calcium alone, without these other nutrients may mean you are doing more harm than good. Some studies suggest that by doing this, you are actually increasing your risk of osteoporosis. When researchers combined calcium with Vitamin D they found the absorption rate was better. When they added Vitamin K2 they found it helped to move the calcium into the areas of the body where it is needed, like the bones and teeth. They also found that it helped to remove calcium from the arteries and soft tissues, where it should not be. Vitamin D and K2 should always be taken together. Vitamin D on its own creates K2 dependent proteins and we need K2 to activate those proteins. If these proteins are not activated, calcium in the body will not be distributed properly which leads to atherosclerosis and weakened bones. The absence of K2 also creates Vitamin D toxicity, which can also lead to hardening of the arteries. The balance of nutrients is critically important for optimizing good health. If you are taking calcium, consider taking Vitamin D and K2 with it. If you are supplementing with Vitamin D solely, add K2.

 

**Vitamin K interferes with the effect of anticoagulant drugs and therefore, should be avoided in this case. Since Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, it’s best to check your level before supplementing.