vitamin K

  1. Vitamin K can protect against deadly heart condition

    This 'forgotten' vitamin can save your heart

    It's a deadly heart condition that strikes seniors across the country.

    Your doc won't mention it much, if it all, and one reason for it is this: He's absolutely powerless to do anything about it.

    There's no drug in the world that can clear calcium out of the aortic valve, where it can build up and lead to reduced blood flow from the heart. That in turn can lead to heart failure, a condition so deadly that half of all patients who have it don't make it to the five-year mark.

    The only option is a risky surgery to replace the valve.

    Well... that's the only option from the mainstream.

    That's not the only option here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine -- and now, the latest research backs my safe and natural approach for cardiac health.

    This new study shows how vitamin K2 -- a basic nutrient that's been all but forgotten by the mainstream -- can sweep calcium out of the all-important aortic valve so that blood can flow freely again.

    No blockages. No surgery. No heart failure.

    One of the studies in the analysis was a randomized clinical trial -- the gold standard in medical research -- which found K2 supplements slowed the dangerous calcification of the valve.

    The researchers are calling for more work on this, including long-term clinical trials, and I fully support that.

    More research is always good.

    But the power of vitamin K2 to clear out calcium isn't exactly up for debate. That's its job. K2 pulls calcium out of circulation from your arteries and puts it into your bone, where it belongs.

    Without K2, all the calcium in the world won't give you stronger bone.

    Just the opposite: It'll stay in your blood and eventually form those dangerous deposits.

    The only real problem with vitamin K is getting it, as most folks don't get nearly enough from diet. Even when you DO get some K, it's usually the K1 from leafy greens and not the more potent artery-sweeping K2 you need for cardiovascular protection.

    The best source of K2 is a fermented Japanese bean product called natto.

    Natto may be hard to find where you are, and you might regret it if you do get your hands on the stuff.

    It smells bad... and tastes worse.

    Consider a supplement -- but speak to a doctor first, as K vitamins can increase clotting activity and interfere with certain blood thinners such as Coumadin.

    If you have high levels of calcification, you may need a little more help than what you'll get from K2 alone. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine in the San Diego area.

    Not in Southern California? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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  2. Vitamin K can save your life!

    Clear the junk from your arteries... without drugs or surgery!

    Living with diabetes is a lot like living in a minefield.

    There's danger everywhere you step!

    If the heart disease doesn't get you, the dementia will. And if you manage to dodge either of those conditions, there's always kidney disease waiting in the wings.

    But there's one common thread that runs through all these conditions and more -- and it's your arteries.

    When you've got diabetes, you face a higher risk of calcium and other junk building up inside them.

    That causes them to get stiffer, increasing your risk of heart problems, as well as of just about everything else.

    Now, the latest research reveals one easy way to clear out the junk, and you don't need surgery, stents, or meds.

    You need vitamin K!

    It has, of course, been proven before that this essential nutrient can play a role in clearing out the arteries.

    Now, the new study shows WHY it's so effective.

    Turns out you've got a natural roto-rooter man ready to get to work in your arteries, sweeping through those pipes and cleaning them out, called matrix GLA-protein (MGP).

    But there's one little problem with it: It's a little lazy.

    Left on its own, it'll be inactive -- and the study finds that the higher your levels of the inactive form of this protein, the higher your risk of arterial calcification.

    That's where vitamin K comes in -- because this essential nutrient gives MGP the kick in the pants it needs to get moving and get working.

    It flips the inactive form into the active form, which then rushes through the arteries and helps clear out the calcium so they don't stiffen up on you.

    This study focused on diabetics, but it works the same way in non-diabetics -- and if you boost your K intake, you can even cut your risk of ever getting the disease in the first place.

    There are two main forms of vitamin K, K1 and K2. You'll get K1 from leafy greens, but K2 is actually a little better for sweeping out the arteries.

    It's also a little tougher to get.

    The best source is natto, a Japanese dish made of fermented soybeans that some folks say smells -- and maybe tastes -- like laundry water.

    You'll also find it in some fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut, and some pickled vegetables (as long as they're not highly processed).

    If those aren't routinely on your menu, you might need a supplement. But don't rush out to buy one just yet, because there's one important note of caution here: Vitamin K also helps blood to clot.

    As a result, supplements may not be right for everyone, especially if you're on the blood thinner Coumadin, so be sure to speak with a doctor first.

  3. Calcium deposits predict heart risk

    Levels of calcium in the artery are one of the best predictors of heart risk -- not cholesterol.
  4. Statins: They still don't work

    Since up to 75 percent of all heart attacks happen to people with normal cholesterol levels, the only surprise here is that this is somehow considered a groundbreaking discovery.
  5. Hidden dangers of Celiac disease

    If you're suffering from celiac disease, check your vitamins--because a new study shows that you could be missing more than the ability to enjoy gluten.

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