Mostly, people haven’t heard about Vitamin k2.
This vitamin is very rare in many diets and most of the time people don’t care about it. But it plays an important role in your health.
What is Vitamin K?
It is an essential nutrient for blood coagulation and was discovered in 1929.
There are two types of Vitamin K.
- Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone):
Available in green leafy vegetables and plants.
- Vitamin K2 (menaquinone):
Available in fermented foods and animal foods.
It has several subsites such as MK-7 and MK-4.
Benefits of Vitamin K:
- It activates proteins to help in heart health, blood clotting, and calcium metabolism.
- It helps in regulating calcium deposition.
- Prevents calcification of kidneys and blood vessels.
- Promotes the calcification of bones.
Benefits of Vitamin K2:
- Vitamin MK-4 that is a type of Vitamin K2, reduce blood vessel calcification.
- It improves bone health.
- Prevent heart diseases.
- Improves Dental Health
- Prevent major diseases such as cancer.
How to get Vitamin K2?
Several foods are rich in Vitamin k2. Consuming those foods can provide a good amount of vitamin k2 to your body.
Normally, the amount of vitamin k1 is more in the diet than the amount of vitamin k2. Naturally, our body can convert some amount of vitamin k1 into k2 that is very helpful. However, consuming k2 directly is more beneficial.
In the large intestine, It is also produced by gut bacteria.
Vitamin k2 is normally found in fermented foods and certain animals. Mostly, people are not eating these foods.
Animal sources of vitamin K2 include
- High-fat dairy products from grass-fed cows
- Liver and other organ meats.
- Egg yolks
- Beef Bone Broth
If these products can’t be used by you due to any reason, you can take vitamink2 supplements.
Vitamin k2 is a fat-soluble vitamin. In low-fat diets, it is in very low quantity.
When combined with vitamin D, vitamin k2 may be enhanced even further because both have synergetic effects.