Vitamin K2: For bone-building & cancer-fighting nutrient

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin. There are two species of vitamin K, vitamin K1 and vitamin K2. Vitamin K1 is also known as phylloquinone.
The benefits of vitamin K2

  • Management of Osteoporosis - Vitamin K2 indeed suppresses T-cell proliferation, which in turn reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Reduces vascular calcification - Matrix GLA protein has been found to be a potent inhibitor of vascular calcification. It has been found in cartilage, soft tissue, and bones. It has also been found on the walls of blood vessels, where it is secreted by vascular muscle cells. However, Matrix GLA protein is highly dependent on vitamin K2 to achieve this purpose. This is where supplementation of vitamin K2 helps. In a study conducted, it was further reported that vitamin K2 not only reduced vascular calcification but also helped prevent the stiffening of arteries.
  • Reduces the risk of colon cancer - vitamin K2 administration led to substantial reduction in the size of the tumors. This was achieved by vitamin K2 through a modulation of the gut bacteria which are involved in the development of colon cancer.
  • Reduces the recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma - A combination of vitamin K2 and a compound called an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I) was used. These were administered over a period of 36-48 months. A positive result was obtained, with an inhibition of the recurrence of the cancer.
  • Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes - Osteocalcin is a protein that is vitamin K2-dependent. The activation of some proteins helps increase the insulin sensitivity of the body. This is how vitamin K2 may be able to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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