Do You Want to Decrease Your Risk of Osteoporosis? Take Vitamin K2 Daily
If you are concerned about developing osteoporosis, you are not alone. More than 8 million women and 2 million men in the United States suffer from this disease. As a result of the loss of bone mass and density caused by osteoporosis, more than 2 million people suffer from severe fractures of the hip and spine each year.
The medical costs of osteoporosis cost Americans between $13.7 billion and $20.3 billion each year.1 The good news is that a breakthrough study published in Osteoporosis International provides evidence that you can decrease your risk of developing this devastating condition by taking a daily supplement of vitamin K2.
Research from the Netherlands demonstrates dramatic difference in bone density
A research team from Maastricht University, which is located in the Netherlands, conducted a placebo controlled longitudinal study to determine the effects of taking 180 micrograms of vitamin K2 on the bone density of a group of 233 women. The subjects that participated in this three-year experiment had already experienced menopause, which put them at risk of the bone mass and density that is associated with osteoporosis.
At the end of the study, the women who did not have the vitamin K2 supplements had a loss of spinal bone density of 1.5 percent. In the experimental group that had daily K2 supplements, the researchers found that these women only lost 0.5 percent of the bone density in their backbones.
Additionally, women in the control group had a lower level of a protein that is associated with the absorption of calcium in the bones. This protein requires a sufficient level of vitamin K2 to work correctly. When there is less of this protein in the blood, it means that it is being used to strengthen the bones by facilitating the absorption of calcium.
The scientists report that this a significant difference and they cite these results as evidence of the importance of taking daily supplements of K2 to decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis. Previous studies that lasted only one year did not have such dramatic results, which highlights the necessity of starting to take vitamin K2 before you reach middle age because it takes years for the bone density and mass to accumulate in order to decrease the risk of osteporosis.2
How to make sure you are getting enough vitamin K2
Your body actually creates some vitamin K2 in your stomach and you can get some of this essential nutrient by eating meat and cheese. To ensure you maintain strong and healthy bones, it is also recommended to take vitamin K2 on a daily basis.
1Dempster, D.. Osteoporosis and the Burden of Osteoporosis-Related Fractures. The American Journal of Managed Care. 2011.
2Knapen, M.H.J.;Drummen, N.E.; Smit, E.; Vermeer, C.; Theuwissen. E. Three-Year Low-Dose Menaquinone-7 Supplementation Helps Decrease Bone Loss in Healthy Postmenopausal Women. Osteoporosis International. 2013.