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Vitamin K

Dr. Leon Schurgers researched on vitamin K at Maastricht University in the Netherlands 20 years ago. He is currently one of the leading researchers in the world on vitamin K. He found out vitamin K2 (K2) is virtually equivalent as vitamin D for bone health and prevent the serious arterial calcifications. Before vitamin K1 (K1) and K2 were only well known for blood coagulation in the past. K2 actives the vitamin K-dependent proteins which help load calcium in the bones and stop calcium deposits on the intravascular lining. K2 helps calcium to stay where it is needed and to be removed away from where it should not be. K2 also is important for blood flow into the brain. It may help prevent plaque deposits in the brains of Alzheimer patients and deliver cellular energy for Parkinson’s patients.


Scientists found that Vitamin K1 mainly goes to the liver and stays, then breaks down there. K2 also goes to the liver and is transported into the bones and vasculature for its job. K1 is highly available in green, leafy vegetables – spinach, kale, broccoli, and cabbage. But the absorption of vitamin K1 from food is only 10%. K2 is produced by bacteria in the fermentation products and nearly 100% absorbed. The fermented foods contain certain bacteria such as Bacillus subtilis that make K2. People can get 400 to 500 mcg of vitamin K2 (a clinically therapeutic dose) in a two-ounce serving of fermented vegetables using a starter culture specifically designed to optimize K2.


Dr. Schurgers recommends eating a minimum of 200 grams of vegetables for vitamin K1 and consuming the fermented food for K2 daily. He clarifies it is safe to consume vitamin K for people who are not taking an oral anticoagulant drug. But if people on oral anticoagulants, they need to be cautious by checking prothrombin measurements because the anticoagulants block the recycling K1 and K2.


It is more accurate to determine a person’s sufficiency in vitamin K or not by measuring the active and inactive forms of MGP (vitamin K-dependent protein matrix Gla protein) in the blood rather than check the vitamin K level which only reveals what you ate the day before and is very difficult to judge the sufficiency or deficiency.


For more information please call Dr. Lu at 661 513-9265 Ping’s Acupuncture / Bamboo Acupuncture.

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