Vitamin K2 & Increased Mobility
Vitamin K2 is an important fat soluble vitamin that plays critical roles in protecting your heart and brain, and building strong bones. It also plays an important role in cancer protection.
The biological role of Vitamin K2 is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth but also to remove calcium from area's where it shouldn't be, such as in your arteries and in your cartilaginous joint area's and other soft tissue.
The optimal amounts of Vitamin K2 are still under investigation. If you take oral vitamin D, you should also take Vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 deficiency is a known cause of Vitamin D toxicity, which includes inappropriate calcification that can leads to hardening of your arteries.
If you take a calcium supplement, it's important to maintain the proper balance between calcium, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D, and Magnesium. Lack of balance between these nutrients is why calcium supplements have become associated with the increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The good news is there is no toxicity associated with any amount of Vitamin K2 so you can't take too much.
Many food have tiny amounts of Vitamin K2 in them. Surprisingly emu oil was revealed to have a significant amount of K2 in tests conducted. Emu Oil ranked very high when compared to other foods tested in the table below which was extracted from a review paper by experts in Vitamin K2 the Weston A Price Foundation.
If you would like to find out more about K2 this interview with Dr Mercola What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium is very interesting.
Food Vitamin K2 Concentrations in Micrograms per 100 grams
|Natto||1103.4||Curd Cheeses||24.8||Calf Liver||5.6|
|Goose Liver Paste||369||Egg Yolk (US)||15.5||Sauerkraut||5|
|Emu Oil Batch 1||220||Butter||15||Whole Milk||4.8|
|Emu Oil Batch 2||320||Chicken Liver||14.1||2% Milk||1|
|Soft Cheeses||56.5||Chicken Breast||8.9||Mackeral||0.5|
|Egg Yolk (Netherlands)||32.1||Ground Beef||8.5||Egg White||0.4|
|Goose leg||31||Bacon||8.1||Skim Milk||0.4|
Written by Chris Masterjohn, edited by Wigand Schaletzk
From: On the Trail of the Elusive X-Factor: A Sixty-Two-Year-Old Mystery Finally Solved - Weston A Price Foundation