If You’re Taking an Oral Vitamin D #Supplement Without this Essential Nutrient You’re Seriously Jeopardizing Your Health. Here is why… #drmercola explained for you.
IMPORTANT Message: If You Take Vitamin D, You Need K2
This is a really crucial point: If you opt for oral vitamin D, you need to also consume in your food or take supplemental vitamin K2.
“There are so many people on the vitamin-D-mega-dose bandwagon, taking more and more of vitamin D. And it could absolutely be causing harm if you are lacking the K2 to complete the job to get the calcium where it’s supposed to be,”Rheaume-Bleue warns.
“We don’t see symptoms of vitamin D toxicity very often. But when we do, those symptoms are inappropriate calcification. That’s the symptom of vitamin D toxicity. And it is actually a lack of vitamin K2 that can cause that…”
While the ideal or optimal ratios between vitamin D and vitamin K2 have yet to be elucidated, Rheume-Bleue suggests about 150-200 micrograms of K2 will meet the need for the “average” healthy person.
“My earlier recommendation was not taking into account people who were doing high dose of vitamin D supplementation,” Rheaume-Bleue says. “That’s where it gets a little bit more technical. It seems that for the average person, around 200 to 280 micrograms will activate your K2 proteins and do a lot of good for your bones and your heart. If you’re taking high levels of vitamin D… then I would recommend taking more K2.”
The good news is that vitamin K2 has no toxicity. No toxic effects have ever been demonstrated in the medical literature.
“The reason why K2 doesn’t have potential toxic effect is that all vitamin K2 does is activate K2 proteins. It will activate all the K2 proteins it finds. And if they’re all activated and you take extra K2, it simply won’t do that. That’s why we don’t see a potential for toxicity the way we do with vitamin A or D,” she says.
What is Vitamin K2? Here is how RealFarmacy explains:
“Vitamin K2 works in synergy with other nutrients or co-factors like calcium, magnesium and vitamin D and A. Vitamin K2’s most pressing purpose is to escort calcium into the appropriate areas of the body where it’s needed and can be properly utilized. For example, it moves calcium into the bones and teeth and ushers it away from the arteries and other soft tissues where it can be harmful.”
Below is interview about What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium from Dr. Mercola with Dr. Kate.