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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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The Secret Benefits of Whisper

What are the secret benefits of Whisper Essential oil Blend?

Whisper® is a complex and diverse blend. Regarded as the most precious flowers in the perfume and aromatherapy industries, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang’s euphoric aromas combine with the warm and spicy scents of Patchouli, Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Cocoa to make this blend unmatched in complexity and aromatic influence.

Whisper the Blend for Women

With an aroma as soft and warm as its name, doTERRA Whisper Blend for Women creates a uniquely personal fragrance by combining each individual’s chemistry with a diverse blend of essential oils.

Favorite Ways to use Whisper Essential Oil

  • Apply to wrists, back of neck, and pulse points for a distinct and individual fragrance.
  • Diffuse or add to clay pendants for a unique aromatic experience.
  • Dispense one to two drops in the palm of the hand and rub on clothing, scarves, and coats to experience calming emotions throughout the day.

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A Blend of Essential Oils for Women

whisperArticle from: doTERRA.com

Whisper® Blend for Women
With an aroma as soft and warm as its name, doTERRA Whisper Blend for Women creates a uniquely personal fragrance by combining each individual’s chemistry with a diverse blend of essential oils.

Primary Benefits
Combines with each individual’s chemistry to create a beautiful, unique, and personal fragrance
Provides a warming, musky aroma
Entices and intrigues the senses

Description
doTERRA Whisper Blend for Women is a complex and diverse blend that combines with each individual’s chemistry to create a uniquely personal fragrance. Each essential oil in the blend provides an inviting aroma of its own, but when combined, these oils offer a distinct scent that intrigues the senses of both the wearer and those passing by. Regarded as the most precious flowers in the perfume and aromatherapy industries, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang’s euphoric aromas combine with the warm and spicy scents of Patchouli, Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Cocoa to make this blend unmatched in complexity and aromatic influence. Also features Bergamot, Labdanum, Vetiver, Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Rose essential oils.Read More…

Thyme Essential Oil

  • ThymeAdd Thyme to your favorite daytime diffuser blend to promote a sense of alertness
  • Add to your winter routine to support a healthy immune system*
  • Provides cleansing and purifying effects for the skin
  • Use one to two drops in place of dried Thyme in your favorite recipes
  • Thyme has a stimulating aroma
  • Naturally repels insects

Thyme is commonly used as a seasoning, but it also produces a potent essential oil that has cleansing and purifying effects for the skin; however, due to its high thymol content, Thyme should be diluted with a Carrier Oil before application. Thyme has specific chemistry that supports a healthy immune system.*Read More…

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

YlangApply Ylang Ylang to the back of the neck for a
calming, uplifting effect. You might also blend it with a carrier oil and massage into back and shoulders to help reduce the effects of daily stress.

During the damaging heat of the summer, massage Ylang Ylang into your scalp to increase the appearance of healthy, shiny hair as well as adding it to a carrier oil for a deep hair conditioner.

Ylang Ylang has a deep floral scent that is pleasant to blend with other essential oils.

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