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The Secret Benefits of the Little Known Vitamin K2

Have you ever struggled with heavy bleeding? Hemorrhage or even simply really heavy periods? How about menopause issues? How about Cysts, Ovarian Cysts or Endometriosis? 

If you experience heavy bleeding during periods, it may signal a lack of vitamin k2

Some of my very close friends and I have suffered with these issues. It is really important for me to share what I came across. In fact, I don’t understand for the life of me why it is not being shared more publicly! 

As uncomfortable as it is for me to talk about, I’ll tell you that I had some major bleeding issues while going through Menopause. I didn’t want to have to talk about it or even deal with it but it was affecting my productivity in a major way in my life. As a Mom, as a wife, at my work, at managing my home, it felt like it was all caving in on me. 

From my medical background, I had heard of Vitamin K but had dismissed the idea of using it because it causes blood clotting so quickly that the conclusion was it was dangerous to take as a supplement. I decided I wanted to try just a little of it to see if it would help me. 

Talk about opening a can of worms. I found out there is a huge difference between vitamin K1 & Vitamin K2 – Vitamin K1 is just what I had know about. It helps the blood to clot and has very little other function in the body. 

Vitamin K2, on the other hand, has so many benefits that you must to hear about! It is good for young women, older women & even men 🙂 

It supports the heart, the brain, and has a major role in calcium absorption in our body. 

Here are the details of my research if you would like to read it: 

Find balance in your brain and hearth health

The little known Vitamin K2

Health benefits and sources of vitamin K. Vitamin K refers to a group of fat-soluble vitamins that play a role in blood clotting, bone metabolism, and regulating blood calcium levels. The body needs vitamin K to produce prothrombin, a protein. Prothrombin is a clotting factor that is important in blood clotting and bone metabolism.

What is the Vitamin k2 good for?

Vitamin K is also given to treat and prevent vitamin K deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough vitamin K. It is also used to prevent and treat weak bones (osteoporosis) and relieve itching that often accompanies a liver disease called biliary cirrhosis.

The K Vitamins 

Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting, calcium metabolism and heart health. Controlled studies in people also observe that vitamin K2 supplements generally improve bone and heart health, while vitamin K1 has no significant benefits. 

Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting

Vitamin K1’s primary function

Blood clotting, which prevents excessive bleeding. (K1 is what prevents a paper cut from becoming dangerous.)

VS

Vitamin K2’s primary functions  

Helps direct calcium to the right places (into bones and teeth and out of soft tissues like arteries and kidneys) 

and…

May help support bone, heart and brain health.

How much k2 should I take daily?

Vitamin K2 dosage for adults: Between 100-300mcg per day is considered a standard dose. Dosages up to 600mcg per day for certain conditions may be necessary.

Eating lots of leafy greens is a great way to get your daily vitamin k1

Vitamin K1 is primarily found in leafy green vegetables, while K2 is most abundant in fermented foods and some animal products. Vitamin K2 may be absorbed better by the body, and some forms may stay in the blood longer than vitamin K1. These two things may cause K1 and K2 to have different effects on your health.

What food has the most vitamin k2?

Foods that are rich in vitamin K2 include:

Supplement your diet with egg yolk to get plenty of vitamin k2
  • Natto, fermented soy.
  • Goose liver.
  • Cheese.
  • Egg yolks.
  • Dark chicken meat.
  • Butter.

What are the benefits of vitamin K2 that will Improve YOUR Health?

  • Vitamin K2 may prevent wrinkles and reverse aging
  • Vitamin K2 to prevent varicose veins
  • Vitamin K2 for blood sugar regulation and type-II diabetes
  • Vitamin K2 to increase exercise performance
  • Vitamin K2 and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – female fertility
  • Vitamin K refers to a group of fat-soluble vitamins that play a role in blood clotting, bone metabolism, and regulating blood calcium levels

Side-by-side Comparison of Vitamin K1 & Vitamin K2


Vitamin K1Vitamin K2
What does it do?Blood clotting – prevents excessive bleeding. (K1 is what prevents a paper cut from becoming dangerous.)Helps direct calcium to the right places (into bones and teeth and out of soft issues like arteries and kidneys)May help support bone, heart and brain health.
Found InGreen leafy vegetablesFermented foods (some European hard cheeses and Natto or fermented soybeans)Fatty organ meats like liverChicken dark meatSome pork productsEgg yolks from pastured chickenGrass-fed butter
DeficiencyRareCommon
Daily Value (RDA)90 micrograms for women
120 micrograms for men
Not yet established, but experts recommend 100 to 200 micrograms of K2 daily.
Deficiency SymptomsBruisesIncreased bleeding timeSmall blood clots under nailsIncreased bleeding in mucous membranes.Weak bonesIncreased plaque deposits along the gumlineIncrease in cavitiesArterial calcification
Causes of deficiencyLack of green leafy vegetables in the dietAnticoagulant medications (Warfarin/Coumadin)AntibioticsFat malabsorption disorders.Lack of fermented foods and organ meats in the diet.
Effect on bone & Heart HealthMinimalModerate
Present in the brainNOYes!
Interferes with function of blood thinning medicationsInterferes with function of blood-thinning medicationsYes. Vitamin K2 can also interfere with the blood thinning medications. Talk to your doctor before using Vitamin K2 supplements if you are taking Warfarin or other similar drugs. 

I hope this information has been helpful in your day. If it has please share it forward with a friend or family member. 

If this information has caused more questions than answers please reply here and send me a message so we can chat. 

If you have had a personal life-changing experience after supplementing with vitamin K2 or after consciously eating foods rich in Vitamin K2 – I can’t wait to hear your story. Please reach out to me. 

I hope this has been helpful in your day. 

Until next time – Be Well! Mary Howard RN

p.s. Do you want to know what product I use now every day? Here are a couple of my favorites that I use and didn’t want to keep this from in case it is something that might make as big a difference in your life as it has in mine.

These 2 are my favorites:

Vitamin D with K2 – Super easy to take (just 6 drops of oil)

Vitamin K2 + Resveratrol –  A small capsule that has Vitamin K2 & the added anti-inflammatory benefits of Resveratrol.

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Reduce Your Joint Inflammation With Food

Thank you for your reply to my article “From Walking with a Walker to Walking 5 Miles“. I had so many replies and requests to write about this subject that I thought I had better not put it off too long.

What is an Anti-inflammatory Diet?

When we think about anti-inflammatory foods we have to think about 2 aspects of an anti-inflammatory diet. Foods we can eat and the foods we need to avoid. Some foods irritate the digestive system and ultimately the joints and some foods calm the digestive system causing less body system irritations. We will look at several of these pieces.

The other piece of this is that it will look different for you than it will for me and different for me than someone else you know.  There may be some family similarities but not always.  

Try a 30 day Whole food re-set

One thing to you might consider if you are really ready to figure out what foods are bothering you the most is to try a 30-day whole food re-set. I have done one and it is really eye-opening. I am not the best guide on one of these so I will refer you to a book if you are interested in doing that.

Whole: The 30 Day Whole Foods Challenge

What I will do for you though is help you with some basics. There are actually groups of inflammatory foods. So you may be sensitive to one but not the other. That is why eating a clean diet for 3 weeks to 30 days is so helpful when beginning this journey.

Sugar – The Most Inflammatory Food!

Sugar is probably the most inflammatory of all the foods. We have a list of sugars and hidden names for sugars. Most sweeteners are really not safe either because they are highly processed foods. The only sweetener that I trust is Stevia. There are some good stevia choices now that don’t leave a bitter after taste. Let me know if that is something you are interested in.

61 Hidden Names for sugar

Here is a handy list: 61 Hidden Names for Sugar

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Refreshing Grapefruit Essential Oil 

​Grapefruit oil is useful for so many different things. 

But one of my favorite benefits of the oil is that it can uplift your mood. 

I like to apply it to my temples and wrists on a rough day. It leaves me feeling refreshed and happy!

It is also very Pleasant to diffuse . 

Gingerbread Cookies

This is a great twist on a holiday classic. I love gingerbread cookies, and these are made with Ginger essential oil!

These delicious Gingerbread Cookies will be a huge hit during your next holiday event.  These cookies are gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan, so you can happily offer them to your friends and family who have diet restrictions. Plus, they taste great and can be enjoyed by all.

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cup buckwheat flour
2/3 cup tapioca flour
2/3 cup sorghum flour
1 tablespoon chia seed meal
1 tablespoon flax seed meal
1/3 cup of coconut palm sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 drops Cinnamon essential oil
2 drops Ginger essential oil
2 drops Clove essential oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
45 drops Liquid Stevia

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Spearmint Essential Oil

Spearmint Essential OilSpearmint has a sweet, minty, fresh flavor and aroma. It is great to diffuse or use topically with a carrier oil. Also Great for cooking.

  • Promotes digestion and helps reduce occasional stomach upset*
  • Promotes a sense of focus and uplifts mood
  • Cleanses the mouth and promotes fresh breath

Uses
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Carrier Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Keep away from eyes and sensitive skin.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.