The One Vitamin Crucial to Heart Attack Prevention

What if I told you about one vitamin that most people are scarily deficient?

This vitamin is crucial to heart attack prevention.

You already know that there are dozens of vitamins and minerals essential to body function. Most people understand that vitamin C is critical to immune function and is an important anti-oxidant, protecting us from environmental pollutants. The B vitamins have many functions including brain, nutrient metabolism, and organ function. Receptors for vitamin D are found on just about every cell in the body, highlighting its importance.

But there is one vitamin essential to heart health: Vitamin K

Vitamin K comes in many forms and is usually categorized into K1 and K2. K1 controls blood flow and clotting. K2 controls calcium storage. In short, K2 keeps calcium in the bones and out of the arteries.

K1 comes from plants and K2 from animals, fermented foods like natto, and bacteria in our gut.

K2 is proven to prevent and even reverse coronary artery disease.

So, how do we know if we have enough K2? We need to test. Even those on supplemental K2 need to be tested.

Why test? Here are how things can go wrong (for any vitamin or nutrient):

  • Poor food or supplement quality
  • Poor digestion
  • Leaky gut- intestinal dysfunction
  • Dysfunctional transport of nutrient to cell
  • Immune attack on cell receptor
  • Blockage of receptor from heavy metal or pollutant
  • Genetics
  • High demand

The testing method I prefer is from Vibrant Wellness. It is called the MicroNutrient Panel. Vibrant looks at K1 and K2 in blood AND inside the cell.

It is INSIDE the cell that the action takes place.

In my experience, most people are deficient in K2. Hence, the alarming frequency of coronary artery disease and osteoporosis.

Once we determine levels are low, we set out to discover WHY and use strategies to drive K2 inside the cell.

Vibrant Micronutrient looks at all the vitamins and major minerals. The panel includes Co Q 10, glutathione, and certain amino acids. Tons of information.

The function of nutrients depends on other nutrient which is why we need to optimize levels of all our nutrients.

You are taking the supplements. Are they working?

Our MULTI multivitamin contains a hefty serving of K2. Our Super K contains K1 and 2 forms of K2. Both are important strategies and I (Dr. Jack) take them every day.

But don’t just take and hope for the best. Get tested with the Vibrant MicroNutrient today.

How to Naturally Prevent Vitamin K Deficiency

Vitamin K is a critical nutrient for health and wellness. We need to eat K foods because our body cannot make this vitamin.

Vitamin K is only carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.

K comes in two main forms, K1 and K2.

Green leafy vegetables are a fantastic source of K1. Animal products contain K2. Additionally, a healthy gut microbiome produces K2 from K1. Interestingly, manuka and buckwheat honey have been found to harbor K2. Last but not least is natto, a fermented soybean LOADED with K2. The only time I eat soy is when I find natto from GMO-free soybeans. Read on for best product.

Vitamin K is necessary for:

  • Normal blood coagulation (clotting)
  • Bone health and osteoporosis prevention
  • Cardiac health

Vitamin K2 has been shown to:

  • Reduce risk of coronary artery disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower inflammation- inflammation is linked to every illness
  • Improves blood sugar control- this is great news
  • Lowers cancer risk- anything to prevent cancer is awesome
  • Decrease mortality- the most important outcome of all

Can too much vitamin K be a problem?

In short, the answer is NO. The more K the better.

Here is a 2018 study looking at vitamin K consumption and risk of blood clots. No link.

The only time K consumption is a concern is for those on the prescription blood thinner, warfarin (Coumadin). Warfarin interferes with vitamin K function, which leads to its blood thinning capacity. K disruption due to warfarin is a major problem. Many patients are told to avoid green veggies while on warfarin. Big mistake. The key is consistency. Eat lots of veggies EVERYDAY. The doctor can adjust the warfarin dose.

I would rather eat lots of veggies everyday and take 15mg of warfarin than no veggies and 3mg of warfarin. I hope this is clear.

K is King

For everyone else, reap the benefits of vitamin K. There is no evidence of vitamin K overdose. K makes blood clot NORMAL. Take a whole bottle of vitamin K and you will still clot normally. Once all of the receptors and enzymes affected by K are filled, additional K will not cause problems.

Over 20 years as a doctor, I have never seen a K overdose.

The Japanese eat natto with massive doses of vitamin K2. And they are among the longest lived on the planet! Could the reason be the K2?

Recommendations for Prevent Vitamin K Deficiencies

  • ***Get TESTED to determine extracellular AND intracellular K.***
  • Eat plenty of organic veggies loaded with K1
  • Take probiotics to convert K1 to K2. 1 cap daily.
  • Eat animal foods, quality honey and try Non-GMO Natto to boost your K2
  • Our multivitamin is loaded with K2
  • Try our Super K 1 cap per day and/or Emu oil 1 cap per day for maximizing K levels.

For science geeks– Physiologic Effects of Vitamin K

Vitamin K1 controls blood clotting. The key vitamin K-dependent proteins include:

  • Coagulation proteins: factors II (prothrombin), VII, IX and X
  • Anticoagulation proteins: proteins C, S and Z
  • Others: bone proteins osteocalcin and matrix-Gla protein, and certain ribosomal proteins

These proteins have in common the requirement to be post-translationally modified by carboxylation of glutamic acid residues (forming gamma-carboxyglutamic acid) in order to become biologically active. Prothrombin, for example, has 10 glutamic acids in the amino-terminal region of the protein which are carboxylated. Without vitamin K, the carboxylation does not occur and the proteins that are synthesized are biologically inactive.

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