Everyone knows that the body needs some important minerals in the form of vitamins to stay fit and healthy. Vitamin D and Vitamin K are two of the most important nutrients. Vitamin D supports bone health, builds immunity and helps improve energy and mood. While vitamin K2 also promotes bone and heart health. However, it is believed that these two vitamins can be consumed together for better impact on the body. In one of her Instagram posts, nutritionist Pooja Makhija also explained how this combination works. In the video she asks, “Secret ingredient along with sunlight to make vitamin D more powerful?” In response, she says, “Vitamin K2.”
Vitamin D and vitamin K2: this is how this combination works
Pooja says, “The combination of vitamins D3 and K2 has recently received scientific attention due to their complementary effects. You could say that these two vitamins have a ‘Batman and Robin’ effect: they are good on their own, but even better together. they work together. Both vitamins are fat-soluble and work together to metabolize calcium in your body by activating beneficial proteins. While vitamin D3 improves your calcium absorption, vitamin K2 allocates where that calcium can be used.”
In a detailed caption, the nutritionist also states that vitamin D may pull calcium from your bones if it doesn’t get enough of the same from your diet. So, says Pooja, to keep the bones from weakening, vitamin K2 is needed to promote the calcification of your bones while counteracting the damaging effect of the calcification and hardening of soft tissues (such as blood vessel walls or around the major organs).
Pooja also writes, “There is some evidence that taking the two vitamins together may help reduce the risk of developing conditions such as osteoporosis or other chronic diseases such as kidney or heart disease, although more research is needed in this area.”
What Are the Sources of Vitamin D?
The nutritionist provides the answer to this question and reveals that vitamin K is most commonly found in foods of animal origin, some fermented foods and also in dark, leafy green vegetables. Studies have shown that you need a relatively high intake of vitamin K to support healthy vascular system and bones. So if you’re a vegetarian, or if you eat meat and don’t include a lot of vegetables in your diet, you might want to consider taking a vitamin K2 supplement (MK-7 is the better of the two subtypes of K2), adds Pooja please.
She mentions that there are many studies that suggest between 50mcg and 200mcg per day to be effective in helping all of the K2 benefits mentioned above. However, Pooja says, “After my own research and understanding, a dose of 90-100 mcg per day is a good dose to start with.”
There is some evidence that taking more than 50 mcg of MK-7 is not recommended for people taking blood thinners. The nutritionist in the closing statement warns everyone to talk to their doctor before taking K2 if they are taking prescription anticoagulants or blood thinners.
Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical advice. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NewsMadura claims no responsibility for this information.
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