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Despite being one of the most important food supplements available for overall health, 90 percent of people are at risk for a deficiency.

Are you one of them? Are you still confused about what the heck this vitamin does for you?

Here’s a little breaKdown:

First of all: what is it?

Vitamin K is a group of fat-soluble vitamins needed by the body to clot blood, and in recent studies, help treat and prevent a host of medical conditions.

What do I need to know about vitamin K?

The vitamin K family is divided into a vitamin K1 and a group of vitamin K2 molecules including one called MK-4 and one called MK-7. Preliminary research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin K lowers one’s risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, senile dementia, and heart disease.

What does vitamin K do?

Vitamin K1 has always been known as the “coagulation” vitamin because it helps keep the body’s blood-clotting mechanism functioning in a healthy manner. Vitamin K2, on the other hand, has been shown to activate 17 proteins. For example, vitamin K2 activates a protein called osteocalcin, which ensures that as much bone is built to replace the bone that is broken down. Vitamin K2 also encourages a protein called Matrix gla protein (MGP) to keep arteries healthy by discouraging calcium from sticking to the walls.

What are some of the vitamin’s benefits?

Vitamin K2 has shown to help with a number of medical conditions, such as:

Osteoporosis

A recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal Osteoporosis International revealed that K2 supplementation helped with the maintenance and improvement of bone mineral density in osteoporosis sufferers.

Cardiovascular health

Another study found that vitamin K2 may be critical for healthy ageing, particularly to avoid calcification and ageing of critical arteries in the body.

Diabetes

Several studies have indicated that vitamin K2 may help improve diabetes-related insulin sensitivity.

Cancer

There is much research showing that Vitamin K2 may suppress growth and invasion of human liver cancer, pancreatic, and lung cancer cells. A study of over 11,000 patients showed that higher vitamin K2 intake was associated with a reduction in advanced prostate cancer.

 

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Take Releaf Vitamin K2 – a product of natural origin that comes in a convenient dissolvable tablet that doesn’t require water – to supplement your Vitamin K2 requirements.

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