Studies have confirmed that supplementation with Vitamin K2 improves insulin sensitivity. This makes the micronutrient a valuable tool for managing Type 2 diabetes since a primary feature of the condition is insulin resistance.
Vitamin K2, listed as a Foundation Supplement in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program also plays a role in preventing osteoporosis, and its ability to help regulate blood glucose levels further protects bones.
However, a frequently prescribed class of drugs used to manage a common condition depletes Vitamin K2– putting both blood glucose regulation and bone health at risk.
Studies Link Vitamin K2 And Healthier Blood Glucose Levels
A study with 33 healthy young men divided participants into a control group and a treatment group. The treatment group received Vitamin K2 supplements for four weeks, while the control group received a placebo. Then the researchers tested each participant's insulin sensitivity.
They found that supplementation with Vitamin K2 increased the treatment group's insulin sensitivity.1 Greater insulin sensitivity results in more stable blood glucose levels.
A 12-week double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial examined the effects of Vitamin K2 supplementation on 45 adults with Type 2 diabetes. The study found that supplementation improved the glycemic indices of the participants in the treatment group.2
Together, these studies conducted nine years apart by different groups of researchers, demonstrate the ability of Vitamin K to help regulate blood glucose levels.
This ability is significant for Savers because high blood glucose levels damage bone.
Two studies on the effects of Vitamin K2 supplementation found that it helped increase insulin sensitivity and regulate blood glucose levels. This shows Vitamin K2 to be a useful tool for managing Type 2 diabetes, as well as for helping prevent bone damage caused by high blood glucose levels.
Bone Health And General Health Benefits of Vitamin K2
The bone health benefits of Vitamin K2 don't end with its ability to regulate blood glucose levels. It has also been found to regulate osteoclast production- the cells that remove old bone material.3 That makes this micronutrient essential for maintaining a balanced bone remodeling process and preventing osteoclasts from depleting bone.
Throughout the body, Vitamin K2 regulates calcium, removing the mineral from places it doesn't belong and delivering it to where it is needed– such as bone. Clearly, this is important for building stronger bones.
It also contributes to overall well-being, touting the following benefits:
- Prevents Cognitive Decline – Vitamin K prevents the buildup of excess calcium in the body, including in the brain. This may be why studies have found that people who got plenty of Vitamin K were less likely to develop early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease.4
- Reduces Varicose Veins – Vitamin K helps to shrink and even eliminate varicose veins. A study published in the Journal of Vascular Research found that Vitamin K’s activated the Matrix-GLA protein reducing calcium in the veins. That decreased calcification resulted in fewer varicose veins.5
- Promotes Strong And Supple SkinVitamin K2's calcium-controlling abilities also benefit the elastin in your skin– which makes your skin more youthful, elastic, and less likely to wrinkle.6
- Maintains Strong, Healthy Teeth – Vitamin K2's calcium-regulation doesn't just remove calcium from where it's harmful, it also directs calcium to where it's needed. That makes it essential for strong bones and for strong teeth! Additionally, Vitamin K2 activates osteocalcin to prevent and even heal dental cavities.7
Vitamin K2 is essential for bone health, regulating bone-resorbing osteoclasts, and making calcium available in the bone matrix. It also prevents cognitive decline, reduces varicose veins, prevents wrinkles, and strengthens teeth.
How To Get Enough Vitamin K2
The Save Institute recommends taking 180 mcg of Vitamin K2 daily. And you can ensure that you're getting a sufficient amount of Vitamin K2 by including the following foods in your 80/20 pH-balanced diet:
- Kefir or plain yogurt
- Hard cheeses
- Chicken, duck, or goose liver pate
- Pasture raised eggs
- Beef or lamb liver
- Chicken leg and thigh meat
The Save Institute recommends supplementing with 180 mcg of Vitamin K2 daily. You can also include the above foods in your diet.
Statins Shown To Block Vitamin K2
Like many other types of drugs, statins have a variety of unintended consequences– including ones that undermine their purported purpose.
Statins are a class of drugs prescribed to prevent cardiovascular disease. However, a growing number of studies have found that these drugs inhibit Vitamin K in the body.8 That's an especially troubling effect since one of Vitamin K's most important functions is protecting the heart and the cardiovascular system.
This side effect also impacts bone, since Vitamin K helps build and maintain strong and healthy bones. That's not the only way that statins interfere with health.
They've also been shown to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.9 This may also result in part from statins' inhibition of Vitamin K2, since– as the studies above found– the micronutrient increases insulin sensitivity and regulates blood glucose levels. This is in addition to a long list of other undesirable side effects.
Statins are drugs prescribed to prevent cardiovascular disease, but research is finding that they inhibit Vitamin K in the body. That action is counter to cardiovascular health. This inhibition of Vitamin K also harms bone health and may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
What This Means To You
Ensure you're getting enough Vitamin K2 through supplementation (180 mcg daily) and through a diet that's naturally rich in this important compound. Avoid taking statins– speak with a naturopathic doctor about pursuing a drug-free plan to lower cholesterol and improve your cardiovascular health.
The Osteoporosis Reversal Program takes an all-natural approach to building stronger bones. You'll find that its recommendations are based on rigorous scientific studies– and are untouched by the influence of Big Pharma.
Keep eating healthy, staying active, and living your life to its fullest!