Learn about the crucial blood and bone strengthening nutrient known as Vitamin K2.
Without vitamin K, the human body cannot respond to injury properly. Vitamin K is necessary for blood to clot, and people with a deficiency are more likely to bruise and bleed. Did you know that it is standard practice to administer a single injection of vitamin K to infants? This is because babies are born without adequate vitamin K, and the nutrient is essential to protect them against excessive bleeding.
Vitamin K is also included in supplements to support bone health. In the US, vitamin K is not used to treat osteoporosis, but it has been researched and used for that exact purpose in Japan. People who have difficulty absorbing nutrients and those who have taken antibiotics for extended periods of time may have low vitamin K.
The two primary forms of vitamin K are vitamin K1 and vitamin K2. Vitamin K1 is abundantly available in green leafy vegetables kale, spinach, turnip greens, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, parsley, and lettuces, and in cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. However, vitamin K1 is not easily absorbed.
The other form of vitamin K, known as Vitamin K2, is produced through fermentation in foods like cheese, curd, and naato. Vitamin K2 is more easily absorbed than K1, and the form of K2 known as menaquinone-7 is the most bioavailable and longest lasting form of vitamin K.
If you have a history of gastrointestinal disease, poor nutrient absorption, or a tendency to bruise and bleed, ask your physician about vitamin K2! UB Super sources vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 from MenaQ7®, the only clinically supported, patented vitamin K2 on the market. MenaQ7® vitamin K2 is suitable for vegans and vegetarians and is free of gluten, dairy, soy, and other known allergens.