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What Are the Benefits of Vitamin K2?

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  • Specific forms of vitamin K called menaquinones are dubbed “MK” with numbers attached, such as MK-4 and MK-7, each one from specific food sources and exerting specific functions throughout your body
  • Vitamin K1 is found in many dark green leafy vegetables and K2 is produced by bacteria in fermented foods like natto, a fermented soybean; MK-4 is found in animal foods such as free-range, organic eggs and chicken
  • Vitamin K2 has two basic and crucial functions, having to do with cardiovascular health and bone restoration, helping to prevent osteoporosis and atherosclerosis. In fact, people who eat more K2 have the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease

By Dr. Mercola

There's been a lot of discussion about certain essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. But lately, researchers are beginning to recognize that one often-misunderstood vitamin goes unnoticed.


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