One of the most common ailments Americans face is the risk of developing osteoporosis.
It’s far more common for women to develop this crippling maladay, but even men can succumb to it as they move on into their later years.
For years scientists advocated a steady intake of calcium to help increase bone density. But what they’ve found is that consuming calcium, either through diet or supplementation, has no real effect on improving bone density.
This has left scientists puzzled, and even worse, it’s also led to the untimely death of hundreds of thousands.
What researchers have discovered is the increase in calcium intake has had an unintended, and deadly consequence.
What often happens is calcium will move into the arteries, taking up residence there instead of in bones. This in turn has led to an increase in arterial calcification and along with it a rise in the number of heart attacks from too much calcium.
So what gives?
Why is it that calcium supplementation hasn’t helped to increase bone density?
People are deficient in the vitamin needed to help move calcium into the bones.
The vitamin in question is vitamin K2. And hardly any westerners have enough of it in their diet.
Why is this?
One has to do with a lack in dietary K2. K2 is typically found in pasture-raised animals and their byproducts (cheeses, eggs, etc). Because Americans have started to rely on more processed foods, and often times encounter food that’s part of the factory farming system, vitamin K2 exposure has decreased significantly.
Another problem is owing to an imbalance in gut bacteria.
Vitamin K2 is formed naturally in the body via bacterial absorption. Because so many people have unnatural gut flora levels, it means they also have a decreased level of K2 in the body.
So how does K2 work to help grow healthier bones?
As Kate Rheaume-Bleue explains in her book “The Calcium Paradox,”
Vitamin K2 works by activating a number of special proteins that move calcium around the body. Specifically, K2 activates a protein called osteocalcin, which attracts calcium into bones and teeth, where calcium is needed. K2 activates another protein called matrix gla protein (MGP), which sweeps calcium out of soft tissues like arteries and veins, where the mineral is unwanted and harmful.
When K2 is lacking, the proteins that depend on K2 remain inactive . The Calcium Paradox then gradually rears its ugly head with an insidious decline in bone mineral density and an even more treacherous hardening of the arteries. When K 2 is plentiful, bones remain strong and arteries remain clear.
Scientists have only recently uncovered this link.
The direction you should be headed then if you want to have stronger, healthier bones is to begin incorporating K2 into your diet.
While K2 can be derived from natural food sources, getting K2 from diet alone is an arduous and expensive task.
Fortunately it can be obtained inexpensively through supplementation. The recommended dose is 150 mcg. And it only needs to be taken once daily.
To get the most bang for your buck you should be taking K2 with a probiotic. That’s because a healthy gut is what will help you absorb the most K2 possible.
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