Individual vitamins influence a wide-range of body organs and
functions. Vitamin K2 is one of those vitamins. It's an extremely supportive vitamin as well. Vitamin K2 deficiency plays a
role in several chronic diseases: diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, inflammatory
bowel disease and cardiovascular disease. (1) Has your Chicago
doctor checked your Vitamin K levels? Has any supplementation been recommended?
Your Chicago chiropractor can help. Chiropractic Care can discuss any risk factors you may have for
Vitamin K, see if any tests need to be done, and recommend supplementation if necessary.
So what’s the deal with Vitamin K2? It’s needed to regulate
cell growth, for protein function, to maintain normal structure of arterial
wall, osteoarticular system and teeth, and guiding the deposit of calcium in
the bone. Vitamin K2 deficiency is recently seen as a factor in
the development of vascular calcification and osteoporosis. (2) Increased Vitamin
K2 improves the size and thickness of bone which improves bone strength and
femoral neck width in postmenopausal women. (3) Vitamin K2 is important! Chicago
chiropractic patients may want to check out their Vitamin K levels. When it’s low,
it’s usually due to a variety of issues like diet or absorption issues or other
such issues. (2) Chiropractic Care is ready to help explore those nutrition issues with our
Chicago clients as part of our chiropractic services.
Now, Vitamin K deficiency – let alone Vitamin K2 deficiency
specifically – is not often treated by clinicians even though randomized
clinical trials – high level research studies - show that patients with
diseases like osteoporosis, cancer and cardiovascular disease can benefit from
supplementation. (1,2) One easy and even tasty but research documented
supplementation method is a yogurt drink with added menaquinones (Vitamin K2). It
also had n-3 PUFA, vitamin D, vitamin C, Ca and Mg to support vascular and/or
general health which is beneficial. But the levels of Vitamin K2 in the body
increased which was the goal. (4) Chiropractic Care can see how Chicago
chiropractic patients who need some extra Vitamin K2 could incorporate a yogurt
drink! There may also be other suggestions to up your Vitamin K level from green leafy vegetables, meat, and dairy products.
How much Vitamin K is good? Well, one study followed patients for 2 to 4
years. Their daily 5 mg intake of vitamin K1 supplementation didn’t protect
against age-related decline in bone mineral density, but the researchers
propose that it may protect against fractures and cancers in postmenopausal
women with osteopenia. (5) That’s a worthy goal in Chiropractic Care’s opinion.
So contact Chiropractic Care to discuss how the specific Vitamin
K may support your health and benefit positively other conditions you may have like osteoporosis
and cardiovascular disease. Vitamin K may be just the support the doctor orders for
certain Chicago chiropractic patients!