The Role of Vitamin K and D in Cardiovascular Health

October 17, 2016

 

Vitamin K has a strong protective effect on cardiovascular health and helps prevent arterial calcification. As we age arteries and soft tissue become harden with calcium deposits, a major contributor to degenerative  diseases.  Vitamin K inhibits calcification in vessel walls and soft tissue.

 


Doctor's Best - Vitamin K2 MenaQ7 60 Veggie CapsVitamin K is a family of fat-soluble vitamins with similar structures, but different metabolic properties. Vitamin K2 belongs to the group of Vitamin K compounds called “menaquinones” which demonstrate greater bioactivity when compared to Vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 is absorbed more completely, remains in the body longer, and delivers more benefits for bones, blood vessels and other soft tissues.Vitamin-K is a potent inhibitor of calcification present in cartilage and the vessel wall and helps keep calcium from accumulating in soft tissues where it doesn’t belong, thereby supporting vascular health.Calcium is removed in a coordinated system of activated MGP, soluble factors, cells and tissues, keeping the arteries healthy and flexible.
Dietary calcium is linked to many benefits, particularly bone health but because some evidence points to health problems at elevated levels, some studies have led to the finding that Vitamin K2 should be added to a high-calcium regimen since Vitamin K2 promotes arterial flexibility by preventing accumulation of arterial calcium.

Vitamin D is a nutrient that is critical to many bodily functions. Vitamin D is beneficial for supporting bone health, immune wellness, cardiovascular function, and cellular metabolism. Mounting research is highlighting the ever-increasing benefits of optimal Vitamin D status.Doctor's Best - Vitamin D3 1000IU 180 Soft GelVitamin D has been known to regulate calcium and bone homeostasis for decades, but recent investigations have revealed that Vitamin D receptors (VDR) exist on a wide range of tissues, including the endothelium and the myocardium, suggesting a much more extensive range of biological functions for Vitamin D, including heart health. In particular, many observations were made regarding the effect of Vitamin D metabolites on blood pressure.