There's a new vitamin gaining attention that most people aren't fully aware of. Add vitamin K to the list of vitamins that is producing some significant results in the prevention department. Vitamin D is the leader recently, but now K may be a close second if research continues to show the benefits. While taking one or a few of these vitamins seems like a good idea, it would be better to get all of your nutrition from food sources. If you take a supplement because you don't eat enough fruits and vegetables, then we recommend Juice Plus+ because it contains nutrients from a variety of those whole foods. While Juice Plus+® is not a substitute for the actual foods, it is more than just one or a few vitamins because it contains nutrients from the whole food. Here's more on Vitamin K that should have you thinking hard about being sure you get the right nutrition in your diet --
Vitamin K may be "the next vitamin D" if research continues to illuminate the growing number of benefits to your health. Dr. Cees Vermeer, one of the world's top researchers in the field of vitamin K, founded a vitamin K research group in 1975, which is now the largest group investigating this area of nutrition science.
How many people have adequate vitamin K… care to guess? Just about zero, according to Dr. Vermeer and other experts in the field.
Most people get just enough K from their diets to maintain adequate blood clotting, but NOT enough to offer protection against he following health problems—and the list is growing:
Prostate cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer and leukemia
Arterial calcification, cardiovascular disease and varicose veins
Brain health problems, including dementia, the specifics of which are still being studied
Vitamin K comes in two forms, and it is important to understand the differences between them before devising your nutritional plan of attack.
Two Basic Types of Vitamin K Vitamin K can be classified as either K1 or K2:
Vitamin K1: Found in green vegetables, K1 goes directly to your liver and helps you maintain a healthy blood clotting system. (This is the kind of K that infants need to help prevent a serious bleeding disorder.) It is also vitamin K1 that keeps your own blood vessels from calcifying, and also helps your bones retain calcium and develop the right crystalline structure.
Vitamin K2: Bacteria produce this type of vitamin K. It is present in high quantities in your gut, but unfortunately is not absorbed from there and therefore most of it is passed out in your stool. K2 goes straight to vessel walls, bones, and tissues other than the liver. It is present in fermented foods, particularly cheese and the Japanese food natto, which is by far the richest source of K2. Vitamin K2 can convert to K1 in your body. As a supplement, K1 is less expensive, which is why it's the form used for neonates.
Making matters even more complex, there are several different forms of vitamin K2.
MK8 and MK9 come primarily from dairy products. MK4 and MK7 are the two most significant forms of K2, and act very differently in your body:
MK4 is a synthetic product, very similar to vitamin K1, and your body is capable of converting K1 into MK4. However, MK4 has a very short half-life of about one hour, making it a poor candidate as a dietary supplement. After reaching your intestines, it remains mostly in your liver, where it is useful in synthesizing blood-clotting factors.
MK7 is a newer agent with more practical applications because it stays in your body longer; its half-life is three days, meaning you have a much better chance of building up a consistent blood level, compared to MK4 or K1. MK7 is extracted from the Japanese food called natto.
Comments: As you can see again, foods are a good source of your nutrients. Eating plenty of, and a variety of, fruits and vegetables is the rule of thumb for covering all of your nutritional needs...or at least very near to it. If you don't eat enough of those foods, then take Juice Plus+® so you will at least get additional nutrients from a variety of fruits and vegetables. However, a diet that includes plenty of raw, ripened whole food fruits and vegetables is going to be the first and best way to go about preventing sickness and disease and keeping you health.
The Health & Wellness Institute, PC Official Juice Plus+® Independent Distributor