Maintaining optimal Vitamin D status is critical for overall health, and especially for proper bone formation, immune function, and cardiovascular health*. However, evidence suggests a large portion of North Americans may be deficient in Vitamin D, with some estimates suggesting greater than 70% of the population have blood levels below those considered healthy*. This is perhaps due to both dietary inadequacy and inadequate sun exposure.
Like vitamin D, dietary vitamin K intakes may often be inadequate; it’s found naturally in dark, leafy green veggies, organ meats, and some fermented foods. Vitamin K is actually a group of compounds classified as two major types, K-1 (phylloquinone) and K-2 (menaquinone). Vitamin K-1 is primarily involved in blood clotting while vitamin K-2 has a wider variety of functions in the body, including some that are thought to be protective against damage to the blood vessels.
Adequate Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption, but adequate vitamin K is needed to help direct the calcium to be incorporated into bone tissue and minimize calcium deposits in soft tissues such as our blood vessels and kidneys*. If supplements of either vitamin are warranted, it’s recommended they be taken in combination as they are believed to function synergistically to support overall health*.
Life Time recommends getting periodic blood tests to determine appropriate supplementation strategies for vitamin D, as there can be risk of vitamin D toxicity when consumed in excess.
Recommended use: take one capsule per day.
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