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What Are the Health Benefits of Vitamin K2?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Vitamin K2 is highly beneficial as it ensures calcium is not deposited in your arteries but transported to your bones and teeth where it belongs, reducing your risk of atherosclerosis and kidney disease, and supporting your hormonal health
  • Vitamin K2 is important to balance testosterone production in men and women, reducing a man’s risk of low testosterone levels and a woman’s risk of polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Vitamin K2 also helps reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity, and is a cofactor for vitamin D and calcium to support bone health
  • Vitamin K2 MK-4 is found in animal foods such as organic egg yolk, dark chicken meat and goose liver. MK-7, the most effective form, is found in fermented foods such as natto, and in both soft and hard cheeses such as Brie and Gouda

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin essential for the functioning of several proteins involved in physiological processes. Naturally occurring forms are vitamin K1 (referred to as phylloquinone) and vitamin K2 (called menaquinones).

Vitamin K1, which is derived from green plants, is best known for the role it plays in blood clotting, while vitamin K2, derived primarily from fermented foods and animal products such as eggs, meat and liver, is important to hormone production and utilization, as well as bone and heart health.

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