K2 for better transport
In which way the vitamin K2 maintains the strength of the bones and protects the blood vessels?
As one of the essential factors in bone metabolism, vitamin K2 has the ability to activate osteocalcin, a protein that transports the calcium and incorporates it into the bones. Vitamin K2 also boosts the matrix-gla protein, which like a sponge soaks up excess calcium in the circulation and eliminates it from the body. In this bound form, the calcium is not deposited in the kidneys. If these vitamins are not “assisted” by vitamin K2, they will not bind the calcium and will not transport it.
The daily needs for this vitamin are 45 micrograms. Dutch cheeses contain vitamin K2: Gouda and Edam, but is also found in products from fermented soya.
The biggest producers of vitamin K2 are some strains of Escherichia coli that are naturally found in our intestine. These bacteria can produce vitamin K2 in an amount sufficient for a month. So, in many cases of osteoporosis, it is discovered a deficiency of vitamin K2.
How is that possible, when we already have our own “producer” of vitamin K2?
The reason for lack of vitamin K2 in the body may be the consumption of antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (salicylates and others), or a diet with foods that naturally contain large amounts of salicylates.
Certain diseases, such as colitis (a chronic inflammation of the colon), infection with candida, Crohn’s disease, mild and severe forms of celiac disease, can lead to a deficit or disturbed metabolism of calcium.
Doctors point out that the natural vitamin K2 is essential in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, because it can remove the calcium from atherosclerotic layers, and thus facilitate its treatment.