Vitamin K2 helps to move calcium deposits from your arteries (where they can harm your body), to your bones (where your body can use them). Research suggests that vitamin K2 functions very different from vitamin K1, and that, while your body does produce its own vitamin K2, it doesn’t produce adequate amounts. Your body is able to absorb nearly all of the vitamin K2 you eat, and it remains in your blood for many days after consumption.
Functions of Vitamin K2
- Principal function of Vitamin K2 is to prevent the accumulation of calcium deposits in your arteries. When calcium deposits form in our arteries, Vitamin K2 removes calcium from your blood and moves it to the bones and teeth. Therefore, vitamin K2 is essential for strong, healthy teeth and bones, as well as a strong, healthy cardiovascular system.
- Vitamin K2 is also a potent antioxidant, and as such can prevent a range of health problems, including cancer and obesity.
- The antioxidants in vitamin K2 can help prevent free radical damage inside your body, to slow the signs of aging.
Health Benefits of Vitamin K2
- Reduce the risk of Prostate Cancer by 35 %.
- Reduce the risk of severe calcification of the arteries by 52 %
- Protect us from blood clotting
- Reduce the risk of Heart Disease by 41 %
- Keeps our Skin Healthy
- Helps in forming strong bones
- Helps in developing strong Teeth
- Assist in growth and development process
- helping to prevent cancer
- Reduce chances of osteoporosis
Sources of Vitamin K-2
Fermented foods like cheese, natto are all good sources of vitamin K2. Sources include :
- Natto (A Traditional Japanese Soy Food)
- Soy Tempeh
- Hard Cheese
- Soft Cheese
- Egg Yolk
- Chicken Liver
- Chicken Breast
- Ground Beef