Laura Jones // Jul 22, 2019

During menopause as estrogen declines it can affect the production of certain vitamins and nutrients the body naturally produces. Along with vitamin D declining, vitamin K2 is also affected.

The importance of vitamin K2 MK-7. Not to be confused with vitamin K1, the more potent vitamin K2, in MK-7 form, can help to significantly reduce bone loss. This is especially important during the menopausal transition. Vitamin K2 MK-7 is also beneficial for more than bone loss. Studies have found that vitamin K2 MK-7 can also reduce the incidence of both heart disease and cancer.[2] Vitamin K2 MK-7 also works especially well with vitamin D for optimum calcium absorption [3]

 

The benefits of Vitamin K2 MK-7 and bone health during the menopause years. Estrogen is a hormone that affects many areas of the body. One of its functions is to help protect bones. During the menopause years estrogen decreases which in turn can cause bone loss. This increases the chances of developing osteoporosis during the menopause years. 

Vitamin K2 activates GLA proteins. GLA proteins are found in bone and helps with buliding, maintaining and is responsible for making sure calcium is deposited there. GLA proteins are also found in other areas of the body and have been found to help prevent cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and cancer, Supplementing with vitamin K2 MK-7 can help activate and increase the amount of activated GLA proteins in tissues.[5]


Don’t confuse vitamin K2 with K1. Vitamin K2 MK-7, a “super nutrient”, is the more potent, bacteria-derived form of vitamin K. Not to be confused with Vitamin K1, the most common form of vitamin K, that is mainly found in plant-sourced foods such as dark leafy green vegetables. Vitamin K2 MK-7 is less common and is found in higher fat animal-sourced foods like goose liver, fermented plant foods such as soy, egg yolks, cheese and butter.

Typically people don't eat as much of these foods as others so K2 intake is much less. A typical persons K1 intake is 10 times higher than K2. Some vitamin K1 is converted to K2 in the body, however this conversion process is somewhat inefficient and you will benefit more by eating K2 rich foods or by taking a supplement.[4]


How much vitamin K2 MK-7 is enough? The recommended adequate intake for vitamin K2 MK-7 is between 100 and 300 (mcg) a day. Typical supplements give you 100 mcg per day. Internal Balance Menopause Supplement  is a great source of vitamin K2 MK-7 containing 200 mcg. PLUS 1000 IU of vitamin D3 which is key for better absorption of vitamin K2 MK-7.



Vitamin K2 with vitamin D3 are a dynamic duo for bone health! Vitamin K2 and vitamin D3 work synergistically together. While vitamin K2 MK-7 is activating GLA protein osteocalcin vitamin D3 is helping with calcium absorption into the bone. By working together they are an effective team for bone health. [3]

Natural supplements can have many benefits but always consult with your physician or pharmacist beforehand to make sure they are right for you.

 

 

 

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28698808
[3] https://betteryou.com/vitamin-d-vitamin-k
[4] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-k2
[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4052396

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