is a loss of bone density. The bony matrix is of normal composition but
decreased amounts because more bone is being broken down than is being
produced. Testosterone and estrogen maintain bone density by promoting bone
building and slowing bone removal. This is one reason why bone density
decreases as we age
Natural Factors Vitamin K2
Features vitamin K2 as
menaquinone-7 (MK-7), an advanced, fat-soluble form of vitamin K that serves
multiple functions in the body. The K family consists of a trio of vitamins:
K1 (phylloquinone), naturally occurring in leafy green vegetables and plant
oils; K2 (mena-quinone) present in butter, cows liver, eggs, certain cheeses
and natto, a fermented soybean food; and K3, a synthetic form of the
vitamin. K3 has been shown to have toxic effects on the liver and K1 doesn’t
have adequate benefits for calcium metabolism to dramatically improve
osteoporosis or atherosclerosis. Only K2 in the form of MK-7 has been shown
to offer 24-hour protection from a single daily dose. Other commercially
available subtypes of K2, such as MK-4, only last four to six hours in the
body and are required in much larger dosages to be effective.
Vitamin K1 is easy to obtain from green leafy vegetables. The bacteria in
our intestines will convert some of that to K2, but not enough to prevent or
treat atherosclerosis and osteoporosis. K2 is found in the diet in natto, a
fermented soybean food popular in Japan, as well as in butter, meat, egg
yolks, and organ meats from animals that are fed grass instead of grain. As
grass-fed animal products are rare nowadays and a taste for natto is
difficult to acquire for most Westerners, a vitamin K2 supplement is the
best way to ensure you are getting an optimal daily dose of this important
Researchers worldwide are only beginning to uncover the many essential roles
that vitamin K2 plays in our health. Our growing understanding of this
nutrient is rapidly redefining cardiovascular disease as an illness of
nutritional deficiency. In addition, a vitamin K2 deficiency appears to be
an underlying factor in the development of diabetes and liver cancer.
Vitamin K2 also plays an essential role in bone metabolism and promoting
healthy teeth. For most people, diet alone will not help them meet their
daily requirement of vitamin K2. Daily use of Natural Factors Vitamin K2
makes it easy to get optimum levels of this important nutrient.
Most people do not
think about bone health until they are in their later years. This is a
mistake because significant increases in bone density can only be made in
childhood or early adulthood (up to age 30). For the remainder of our lives
the goal is to maintain our bones.
Stay active to
increase your bone health. Immobility and insufficient weight bearing
exercise cause bone loss. Gravity puts a stress on the bone and the body
responds by increasing the density of the bone. Exercising in youth actually
increases bone density above normal and exercise throughout life protects
against bone loss. Maintain appropriate weight because people that are
underweight also are at a greater risk for osteoporosis. Their bones are
not stressed as much as the bones of people who are of normal weight.
A healthy diet, with sufficient protein intake, is one protective factor
against bone loss. Dietary deficiencies of protein cause bone loss because
the bone is constantly remodelling itself. Up to 7% of our bone mass is
turned over every week. Choose lean meats, fermented dairy products and
legumes to fill your daily protein requirements. Supplement with protein
powder or amino acid complex if you cannot consume enough protein.
There are a multitude of minerals that form the matrix of the bone.
Deficiency in any one of these nutrients can lead to bone loss. Minerals
can be lost in the cooking process so eat your vegetables and fruits raw or
lightly steamed. Drink filtered or spring water. If you drink reverse
osmosis or distilled water replace the missing minerals with a supplement.
Vitamin D helps bring calcium into the bone. It is one of the fat-soluble
vitamins that are poorly absorbed through the digestive process as we age.
In areas away from the equator, skin production of vitamin D is limited
during certain times of the year. Eating vitamin D rich foods like fish and
egg yolks, and taking vitamin D supplements, will maintain your bone