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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