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Vitamin K and it's Bone Building and Cardiac Effects

Written By South Centre Chiropractic Clinic & Summerside Chiropractic on December 19, 2016

A health seeking client of mine recently mentioned the bone building impact of Vitamin K. I was not familiar with this Vitamin other than with it's role in blood clotting.
MD's used to inject K3 to newborns to prevent hemolysis but it had side effects too often such as liver damage, brain damage and hemolysis. They now use K1 which is the type used for supplementing adults as well. It is found in foods such as broccoli, collards, spinach, and good 'ol brussels sprouts. K1 can be converted by your amazing body to K2 but it may be a bit slow in some cases so some food sources of K2 is a good idea.
K2 is the type for bone strength and preventing atherosclerosis. It is found in chicken, beef, pork, cheese and eggs. Scroll down for good sources of calcium, supplement Vitamin D and perhaps magnesium and now all you need is the weight bearing exercise. Higher impact activity is essential to build bone. Just eating calcium and sitting on the couch will not do it. It would be like an elite athlete injecting steroids and not exercising; the individual would not get strong, they would get fat!
For various biochemical reasons; following antibiotic use it is especially important to eat K1 rich foods and I always recommend some probiotic supplementation to get the gut flora back in correct balance. 
As always, knowing the "Why" behind eating various foods can help us make good choices when we drive past the fast food and make the best choices in the food store. 
Stay Well, 
Dr. D.

(Nov. 14,2013)

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