Vitamin D3 and K2 are life-changing vitamins that play different roles in the body, including anti-aging and
Vitamin D3 and K2
Supplementing vitamin D3 and K2 comes with all the benefits of vitamin D and vitamin K, but also some unique health benefits that are only unlocked when these two vitamins are used together, like anti-aging and reducing the COVID-19 mortality rate, according to NIH.
New research is revealing this game-changing pair of vitamins and their effect on our hearts, our bones, and our blood sugar.
Individually, Vitamin D3 and K2 contribute to promoting a healthy lifestyle. When combined, their beneficial effects may be even more potent.
Research shows vitamin D3 and k2 are important in keeping you healthy and may provide the following health benefits:
- Strong bones
- Better Immune system
- Prevention of heart disease
- Prevention of cancer
- Prevention of diabetes
- Prevention of Autoimmune disorders
- Helps with anti-aging
How is D3 Different?
Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin that is produced in the skin when exposed to sunlight. It can also be obtained from certain foods such as fatty fish and egg yolks, or through supplements.
Vitamin D3 is important for bone health, as it helps the body absorb calcium and maintain proper levels of phosphorus in the blood. It also plays a role in regulating the immune system and reducing inflammation.
Vitamin D1 is not a single compound, but rather a mixture of compounds that were mistakenly identified as a single vitamin. As a result, the term vitamin D1 is no longer in use.
On the other hand, vitamin D2 is a true form of vitamin D that is found in plants and is cheaper to mass-produce. It is commonly added to vitamin D-fortified foods.
However, vitamin D3 is a more effective compound than D2, which may explain why most vitamin D supplements are specifically D3 supplements. Also known as cholecalciferol, vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally produced in the body. As a result, dietary vitamin D3 is better at increasing the body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D3 is essential for calcium absorption in the body.
What is Vitamin K2?
Vitamin K2, specifically in the form of menaquinone-7, is produced in small amounts by bacteria in the gut. It can also be obtained from animal products such as fatty fish and grass-fed beef, as well as fermented foods like natto.
Both K1 and K2 are essential for the body’s blood clotting process, but K2 may be more effective in this regard. K2 is important for the efficient use of calcium, which has a significant impact on bone and dental health, which is why women are taking this supplement along with vitamin D3, to help their bones ‘look younger’ in the face.
K2 can also lower calcium levels in soft tissues, promoting healthy blood vessels and kidneys. Although a K1 deficiency has short-term effects, a K2 deficiency, which is common in most people, can lead to chronic diseases and symptoms.
It is important for bone health as it helps to activate proteins that promote bone mineralization, and also plays a role in regulating blood clotting and preventing calcification of the arteries.
Supplement Side Effects
High doses of vitamin D, without vitamin K to temper it, can cause high calcium levels (called hypercalcemia) in your blood. This leads to blood vessel calcification, which can lead to heart disease or stroke.
Too much vitamin K may be harmful if you’re receiving dialysis due to kidney disease. Also, very high vitamin D levels have led to kidney failure.
Vitamin D toxicity can also lead to bone loss since vitamin D takes calcium from your bones and sends it into your bloodstream. Too much vitamin D equals too much calcium taken from your bones.
Both vitamin D3 and K2 are important for overall health and should be obtained through a balanced diet or supplementation when necessary.
Get the news you need at It’s On News.