Common Vitamin Excels in Treating the Major Cause of Heart and Blood Vessel Disease  Replacing Traditional Alternatives; Vitamin Serves as Remarkable Age Reversal Strategy

Hardening of the arteries, although a metaphor for old age is actually a common medical condition.

When you are young your blood vessels are very flexible whether located in the heart or throughout the body.   This flexibility is critical for health and allows the body to adapt to stress in many forms.    Blood vessel flexibility is also critical for heart and blood vessel health.   When blood vessels are flexible blood pressure returns to normal.

As we age the blood vessels and the heart valves which direct blood flow through the heart, become less flexible.   This loss of vessel and heart valve flexibility leads to illness as blood flow is compromised, tissues lose oxygenation and nutrition and adaptability to stress, infection and physical exertion becomes compromised.

This loss of flexibility is what is termed hardening of the arteries.

The cause of this loss of flexibility is due to the deposition of Calcium into the arterial walls.   Keep in mind that calcium is critical for bone health and strength (loss of calcium from bones is called osteoporosis) as well as heart contractions from electrolyte (calcium is one of these electrolytes) balance that controls heart nerve conduction.

Studies with animals in 2007 and later with human studies have shown that vitamin K has demonstrated significant ability to improve arterial flexibility by removing calcium from the vessel walls.

Further research has shown that vitamin K2 activates specific proteins that bind calcium to bone and higher vitamin K2 intake coincides with lower osteoporosis.   Vitamin K also has been shown to block calcium from incorporating into soft tissues including blood vessels walls.

Proteins in the walls of vessels and the heart valves moderate the inflow and outflow of Calcium.    Vitamin K2 actually turns off these proteins regulating flow of Calcium into vessels and heart valve walls while K2 activates the proteins responsible for the incorporation of calcium into bones.

When the body is deficient in Vitamin K then calcium is incorporated into blood vessel walls and is pulled out of bones.   The bottom line with Vitamin K deficiency is hardening of the arteries as well as osteoporosis.   These conditions are very common in accelerated aging.

Vitamin K is composed of 3 forms-  vitamin K1, vitamin K2 (MK-4) and vitamin K2 (MK7).    All 3 forms are instrumental in keeping calcium out of vessels and soft tissue while retaining calcium in bones.  As such the most effective supplements and foods containing vitamin K include all 3 forms.

Vitamin K not only keeps Calcium out of soft tissue and in the bone matrix but ongoing studies actually are validating that Vitamin K can make vessels, heart valves and soft tissues more flexible (ie healthier) while making bones stronger.

These studies further validate that Vitamin K (all 3 forms) can reverse or prevent

  • A large number of heart diseases
  • Blood vessel inflexibility and fragility which lead to aneurysms
  • Hypertension
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Inflexibility of all soft tissues
  • Brain, liver and kidney degeneration
  • Muscle and joint inflexibility
  • Many cases of arthritis
  • Accelerated aging
  • Many other conditions and illnesses

To prevent these aging processes a Vitamin K supplement (containing all 3 forms) is effective.   Life Extension carries a highly effective K supplement that I recommend:    Super K.

Super K

Additionally prevention of vitamin K deficiency is critical to maintain health and is an effective strategy to slow or reverse aging.   The following foods contain high levels of Vitamin K1 and K2 (both forms) and should be eaten regularly:

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Kale
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Natural Yogurt
  • Prunes
  • Scallions
  • Cucumbers

The health benefits of vitamin K are beginning to be taken seriously as the incidence of Cardiovascular Disease, Osteoporosis and Calcium imbalances continue to rise and threaten an aging population.   Vitamin K supplementation and foods with high levels of vitamin K are more effective than traditional surgical repair/ replacement of calcified vessels and heart valves.    The pharmaceutical use of ACE Inhibitors (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors) has been used with only short term efficacy for these purposes.

Vitamin K is quickly becoming the choice to prevent one major cause of Cardiovascular Disease as well as aging.    This is an effective, simple and non-invasive strategy to take the health of your heart and vasculature in your own hands.

 

Always remember to Enjoy the Journey,

Dr Bob