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Understanding the need for Vitamin K2, D and Calcium

Dr. Mercola and Dr. Rheaume-Bleue discuss her book:  Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life.  Featured in her interview is the role and importance of Vitamin K in the body.   The complete article can be found here:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/16/vitamin-k2.aspx

What’s So Special About Vitamin K2?

Vitamin K is actually a group of fat-soluble vitamins. Of the two main ones, K1 and K2, the one receiving the most attention is K1, which is found in green leafy vegetables and is very easy to get through your diet. This lack of distinction has created a lot of confusion, and it’s one of the reasons why vitamin K2 has been overlooked for so long.

The three types of vitamin K are:

  1. Vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, is found naturally in plants, especially green vegetables; K1 goes directly to your liver and helps you maintain healthy blood clotting
  2. Vitamin K2, also called menaquinone, is made by the bacteria that line your gastrointestinal tract; K2 goes straight to your blood vessel walls, bones, and tissues other than your liver
  3. Vitamin K3, or menadione, is a synthetic form I do not recommend; it’s important to note that toxicity has occurred in infants injected with this synthetic vitamin K.

 

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