Vitamin K occurs in our diet in two forms: vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) mostly found in green leafy vegetables and vitamin K2 (menaquinones) mainly found in animal foods, fermented dairy such as cheese, and natto (fermented soybeans see above discussion). Vitamin K2 includes a range of vitamin K forms and differs from vitamin K1 in its side-chain length and degree of saturation. Vitamin K2 is the most biologically active form of the two and has a longer half-life, days vs. hours, than vitamin K1.
Brittle bones and bone fractures are all too common amongst the geriatric community. Osteoporosis is a leading “silent disease” known to cause bone fractures and other linked medical conditions. Physicians and patients generally address these issues by supplementing with Vitamin D and Calcium.
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 is where the partnership specifically between D3 and vitamin K2 becomes important as discussed below.
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