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Research Links Vitamins K2 and D to Reduction in Coronary Artery Calcification


A new data analysis suggests a link between vitamin K2 MK-7 and vitamin D supplementation and a reduction in coronary artery calcification development – a strong predictor of heart attack and cardiovascular mortality in high-risk patients and statin users.
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While vitamin K2 has many benefits in the promotion of optimum health, its usefulness increases significantly when combined with the D3 form of vitamin D.

Vitamin D3 works together with vitamin K2 in maintaining calcium balance in the body. In clinical trials, a combination of vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 (especially the vitamin K subtype MK-7) increased bone density in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis more effectively than either nutrient taken individually.

Clinical trials conducted in type-2 diabetes patients with heart disease showed that a combination of vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 had desirable effects on carotid artery thickness and insulin metabolic markers. Positive cardiovascular effects have similarly been demonstrated in studies of postmenopausal women and healthy populations.

It has also been shown that the vitamin K2 subtype MK-7 has a higher bioavailability than other forms of vitamin K. Its use may be of particular importance in cardiovascular health for ensuring that calcium and other minerals are not deposited in the blood vessels but reach the bones where they are most needed.

To learn more about the important synergies between vitamins K2 and D3, see this article on our website.