Better Together: Why You Should Be Taking Both Vitamin D & Vitamin K2
By now, you’ve probably heard that most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D. According to Mercy Medical Center, 42% of the U.S. population is Vitamin D deficient. This number may be even higher as not everyone is tested for their vitamin D levels. Many people try to address this shortage through supplementation, but if you’re taking Vitamin D supplements without also taking Vitamin K2, you may not be providing everything your body needs.
Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 are both essential, fat-soluble nutrients. They are generally found in high-fat foods, and their absorption into the bloodstream is better when they are consumed with fat.
Adding Vitamin K2 to your routine maximizes the benefits of Vitamin D within your body.
The Role of Vitamin D
You may have heard it called the ‘sunshine vitamin.’ Vitamin D is produced by your skin when it’s exposed to sunlight. It’s also found in fatty fish and fish oil. But unlike most vitamins and minerals, Vitamin D cannot be found in adequate amounts from dietary sources. With consistent sunscreen use on the rise, many people must rely on supplementation to ensure enough Vitamin D in their bodies.
One of the main roles of Vitamin D is to promote calcium absorption and maintain sufficient levels of calcium in your bloodstream. But this powerful hormone is thought to play a role in many other functions within your body, including:
- Mineralization of bone
- Cell differentiation and improvement of cell functions
- Boosting the immune system and inhibition of autoimmunity
- May improve insulin secretion
- May regulate blood pressure
Vitamin D deficiency may cause bone loss, as well inefficiencies in many other systems within your body.
Although Vitamin D ensures that your blood calcium levels stay high enough to meet your body’s needs, it does not fully control where the calcium in your body ends up. That’s where the partnership with Vitamin K2 becomes important.
The Role of Vitamin K2
Vitamin K is found in leafy greens like spinach and kale, fermented legumes and vegetables, and in some fatty, animal-sourced foods like egg yolk, liver and cheese.
Vitamin K2 is necessary for blood clotting and promotes the accumulation of calcium in your bones and teeth. It also works to reduce calcification of soft tissues, like the kidneys and blood vessels. This is important, since blood vessel calcification has been linked to the development of chronic diseases, like heart and kidney disease.
Vitamin K2 activates MGP, a protein that helps direct calcium to the desirable places (bones) and leads it away from the undesirable places (arteries). It is also thought to aid with cardiovascular health. Individuals on Warfarin should consult their physician before taking any Vitamin K products.
Both Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 have whole-body benefits, way beyond bone health.
Why Frunutta Vitamin D & Vitamin K2 Supplements?
Our line of Vitamin D3 supplements range from 5mcg (200 IU) to 250mcg (10,000 IU). Our K2 (MK-4 or menaquinone 4) supplement provides 500 mcg. These small tablets are potent dietary supplements, that are absorbed quickly and easily under the tongue, meaning they require no swallowing or water to take them. Frunutta supplements contain no preservatives, no additives, no fillers or dyes, and are non-GMO and gluten-free. Our micro quick absorb instant dissolve tablets are easy to take and easy for your body to use.
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