Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox

Vitamin K2 is the single most important mechanism by which the body can prevent and yes reverse existing heart disease.” A coronary artery calcification test can be done via CT scan and is the gold standard to determine if you are ripe for a heart attack, NOT Cholesterol numbers.

A short quiz From Dr Kate Rheaume-Bleue for determining if you are vitamin K2 sufficient…

Do you eat grass fed products? Beef, dairy, butter, milk?
Do you eat certain types of fermented foods? (Natto is highest strength)
Do you eat Goose liver patte
Brie or Gouda cheese (It would be nice but does not have to come from grass fed production)

If you do not have grass fed foods or these fermented products…you can pretty much be certain you are K2 deficient. “(Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue).

Dr. Weston A Price first discovered vitamin K2 and wrote about it in his watershed book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. The problem for us was, he did not know what it was, only that it existed. He called it factor X. Dr. Price found “Factor X”  in Grass-fed products and its  highest concentration was in rapidly growing green grass. Products consumed from animals during this time had the greatest K2 life saving content.

Have you been looking for that yellow fat in dairy products and around that steak? Now there is some science to back it up. That is the meat/milk product with the highest K2 content. And vitamin K2 is fat soluble. What does that mean? Well, fat-soluble simply means that dietary fat is necessary for efficient absorption.Fat soluble vitamins are needed to move certain minerals around in the body. So, if your diet does not contain adequate amounts of dietary fat, your absorption of this nutrient and the placement of calcium could be impacted.

Winter time decreases the vitamin K2 content of most grass-based animals because most are eating stored forages. Direct grazing animals in the spring through fall months have the highest K2 content. Winter is the time to supplement. Natto can be found in some health food stores. Natto has the highest concentration of K2 of any food!

Jarrow MK7, with its high K2 content (there are other brands and formulas), stands in strong contrast to Big Pharma’s “bone-protecting” drugs which, in fact, do not build bone. The drugs doctors most often prescribe for a DEXA-based diagnosis of “osteopenia” are from a class called “antiresorptives.” These drugs attempt to slow bone loss by decreasing the rate of absorption of bone by osteoclast cells. Examples include: bisphosphonates (Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, Reclast), calcitonin (Fortical and Miacalcin), estrogen therapy or hormone therapy (Premarin, Prempro), and estrogen agonists/antagonists (Evista)Stopping resorption works against the body’s bone-maintenance system.

Vitamin K2 is similar to a traffic cop telling those calcium cars in our blood veins that they are double parked and their owner will “get their ticket punched” if they don’t move along and park over in the bone cellular calcium parking lot (bones)!


Look here for an acid/alkaline forming foods chart.

15 minute interview with Dr. Mercola

15 Minute Interview with Dr. Kate

Her book

Related information about keeping arteries clean and bones strong…

Dr. Anthony Sebastian, UCSF, showed that simply by taking sodium Bicarbonate (an alkaline base–ACV and lemons have an alkaline forming response as well) neutralized the body’s internal acid production, which reduced urinary calcium losses, and increased the rate of bone formation.

Over 30 years ago, two ophthalmologists observed that a combination tablet called Iodo-niacin (iodide 120 milligrams, niacin 15 milligrams) taken for several months could actually reverse atherosclerotic clogging of arteries.

They proved this effect by taking pictures of clogged arteries in the backs of the eyes (retinal photomicrographs) before and after treatment. The published photographs showed a significant lessening of the artery clogging in the pictures.