Heart Health & Vitamin K2

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Among the numerous heart healthy ingredients found in ProArgi-9 Plus is vitamin K2. This important vitamin has been shown to provide powerful benefits to the cardiovascular and skeletal system.

Let's take a look at the two forms of vitamin K, the impact vitamin K2 has on human health, and how its combination with vitamin D3 substantially increase its affect.


K1 vs. K2
Although vitamin K1 provides many of the benefits attributed to vitamin K, for optimal benefits, vitamin K2 is considered a superior choice. Vitamin K2 is a collective term for a group of vitamin K compounds called menaquinones. Studies have shown vitamin K2 to be more bioavailable and more efficacious in supporting bone mineral density than vitamin K1.

Benefits of vitamin K2
Studies on the effects of vitamin K on cardiovascular health show that vitamin K2 significantly improves arterial and cardiovascular health, while vitamin K1 has no effect at all. Vitamin K2 activates the vitamin K-dependent protein Matrix Gla-Protein (MGP) which plays an important role in preventing calcium from depositing in the arteries.

Blood coagulation and bone health: Vitamin K was first discovered for activating blood coagulation proteins. The blood clotting role is its most well-known function. Recent research reveals it is a cofactor in bone metabolism as well.

Blood vessel wall health: Vitamin K keeps the calcium in the bones and out of the arteries. It prevents calcium deposition in soft tissues (vascular, heart, lung, kidney).

Vitamin K2 & D3
Japanese researchers found that vitamin K plus vitamin D increased bone density noticeably better than vitamin K alone. Postmenopausal women with osteopenia and osteoporosis were divided into 4 different test groups. Calcium was not supplemented or otherwise controlled. Bone mineral density increase was greatest in the K2 plus D3 group—better than the K2 and D3 groups alone.

Conclusion
Aside from its ability to protect bone health, vitamin K2 has been shown to provide significant heart health benefits by keeping calcium out of the cardiovascular system and in the bones.

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