Vitamins K1 & K2 Are Essential for Good Health!
Vitamin K is an important nutrient for the growth, repair, and functioning of the human body. It helps with the formation of blood cells and plays an essential role in the process of blood clotting and working of the immune system.
Vitamin K is needed by the whole body including the brain, liver, bones, heart, and pancreas. Low levels of vitamin K have been associated with inflammatory diseases and some types of cancer.
Vitamin K1 can be found in green veggies like spinach, kale, and broccoli, but because it’s a fat soluble vitamin it’s not easily absorbed. Including good fats like butter or cream, peanut butter, coconut oil or cream, oily fish and meat in your diet can help with absorption.
Vitamin K2 is also fat soluble and is produced in small amounts by healthy intestinal bacteria but must be gained primarily from the diet.
Despite vitamin K2’s significant role in overall health, scientists discovered that most people in modern society are deficient in this nutrient. We simply aren’t eating vitamin K2 foods as often as we should be.
The highest vitamin K2 foods are: Natto(fermented soybeans), sauerkraut, high fat dairy products (especially hard cheeses), liver and other organ meats, beef, pork and lamb (especially the fat in these meats), egg yolks, chicken, and oily fish such as salmon.
Why is Vitamin K2 So Important?
Vitamin K2 funnels calcium into bones to strengthen mineral density and fight fractures while it prevents and even removes dangerous arterial calcification. Along the way it has beneficial effects for almost every major health concern of our time, including diabetes, cancer, brain health, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, infertility, tooth decay and growing healthy children.
Without enough vitamin K2, you could easily be at risk for bleeding or bruising. Vitamin K2 also helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay. And protects against kidney stones and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
It’s time we went back to eating the wide variety of foods our ancestors ate – including animal fats!