Archive for May, 2014

The Important Benefits of Vitamin K2

 

I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have finally been able to get naturally fermented Vitamin K2 added to the new formula of BePure One, and what this means for your health. Vitamin K2 is very different from Vitamin K1, and I know of no other product on the market in New Zealand that has Vitamin K2.

Vitamin K2 for Healthy Arteries and Bones

The role of Vitamin K2 (Menaquinone) is to make sure calcium gets to the right place (our bones and teeth). If calcium is not directed into the bonesby K2, it is deposited in our soft tissues such as our arteries – causing calcification of the arteries (increasing heart disease risk).

HOW? Vitamin K2 activates a protein called Osteocalcin. This protein attracts calcium into bones and teeth. K2 also activates the protein MGP (Matrix Gla Protein) which sweeps calcium out of soft tissues like arteries and veins where it is not wanted.(1)

Dr. Cees Vermeer, one of the world’s top researchers in the field of vitamin K outlines this as the likely reason why people with the highest intakes of K2 – have much lower rates of arterial calcification and coronary heart disease. (2)

According to Dr. Cees Vermeer, nearly everyone is deficient in vitamin K2 (3). To be getting adequate amounts of K2 from your diet you have to be eating lots of fermented foods – fermented natto (in BePure One) has by far the highest levels of K2. Vitamin K2 is not stored in the body and unlike Vitamin K1 is not recycled.

Pooled evidence from seven Japanese trials show that vitamin K2 supplementation produces a 60 percent reduction in vertebral fractures and an 80 percent reduction in hip and other non-vertebral fractures. (5)

In ‘The Prospect Study’, 16,000 people were followed for 10 years. Researchers found that each additional 10 mcg of vitamin K2 in the diet results in 9 percent fewer cardiac events. (4)

Vitamin K2, wrinkles and ageing:

Vitamin K2 fights skin ageing in the same way it helps keep the elasticity of arteries and veins. A study shows high levels ofvitamin D without K2 contributes to increased wrinkles. (1)

Vitamin K2 and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s patients have more severe vitamin K2 deficiencies than people of the same age without cognitive decline. (1)

Vitamin K2 and Cancer protection
In 2008, a German research group discovered that vitamin K2 provides substantial protection from prostate cancer. According to Dr. Vermeer, men taking the highest amounts of K2 have about 50 percent less prostate cancer (3).

The dynamic trio – Vitamin K2, Vitamin D and Vitamin A

Vitamins K2, D and A are all are needed together as a team to prevent artery calcification and improve bone density. There’s been a lot of publicity on the importance of Vitamin D and bone health (vitamin D is needed for absorption of calcium from the intestines), but without K2 ‘pushing’ it into the bones ‘calcium wanders aimlessly’(1). Studies show that taking vitamin K2 and D together improves bone density and reduces fracture risk more than either nutrient alone (1).

Both Vitamin D and Vitamin A are required to make K2 dependent proteins and when K2 removes calcium from soft tissues it is Vitamin A’s role to excrete it via the urine.

BePure ONE has 80 mcg of vitamin K2 per serving (5 capsules), in the form of naturally fermented natto as well as Vitamin A and D.

IMPORTANT NOTE – Extreme caution should be taken when taking Vitamin K2 with blood thinners such as warfarin. Please consult your Doctor before using if you are on blood thinning medication.

References:

  1. Rheaume-Bleue, K. “Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox.”
  2. Geleijnse JM, Vermeer C, Grobbee, Schurgers LJ, Knapen MH, van der Meer IM, Hofman A, Witterman JC.  ‘Dietary intake of menaquinone is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease:  the Rotterdam Study.’ JNutr. 2004; 134(11):3100-5.
  3. Mercola, (2010). Vitamin K Could Be Even BIGGER than the Vitamin D Discovery. Retrieved fromhtttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/08/26/this-could-be-even-bigger-than-the-vitamin-d-discovery.aspx
  4. Daniels, S. Vitamin K2, but not K1, effective for heart health benefits: StudyNutraIngredients.com February 12, 2009
  5. Cockayne S, Adamson J, Lanham-New S, Shearer MJ, Gilbody S, Torgerson DJ. “Vitamin K and the prevention of fractures: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials” Arch Intern Med. 2006; 166: 1256-1261

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Five tips for prevention, performance and longevity…

I thought I’d share my take home message from spending 3 days with Dr. Patterson Stark, founder of Stark Health and president of the International Academy of Prevention, Performance and Longevity.  When at the age of 34 Dr. Stark was given weeks to live due to an aggressive form of testicular cancer, he came to New Zealand to die, that didn’t work out….

He spent the next 15 years studying how to keep himself healthy and then another 15 years refining how to do this for others. As president of the International Academy of Prevention, Performance and Longevity he is on a mission to teach one thousand G.P’s how they too can keep their patients in incredible health…

Here’s five key tips for prevention, performance and longevity, I got from spending 3 days with him…

 

1.  Everyone should be on at least some minimal nutritional supplementation

Dr. Stark made it clear that not one of his patients he has assessed had been getting everything they need from their diet.  He recommended that at least a base level of supplementation of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fish oils is needed to reach optimal levels for prevention, performance and longevity.  He then also explained that through blood testing he can then isolate which metabolic pathways are working sub-optimally and then up regulate these pathways through diet, lifestyle and nutritional supplements.

 

2.  Exercise, exercise, exercise!!

Dr. Stark is a massive fan of exercise, he recommends 4-5 hours a week minimum and optimal levels of  8-10 hours  a week.  There is no substitute for exercise!  Not even a great diet with fantastic supplementation can make up for a lack of exercise.  This was highlighted in my personal case, where I’ve only been exercising a few hours a week.  In my physical assessment Dr. Stark was able to see my body was transferring testosterone to estrogen for fat storage (and I’m not fat!), based on where I was storing fat.  My body was essentially doing this because I was not using the testosterone in rigorous exercise.

 

3.  Everyone is different, stabilising blood sugar levels is of primary importance

Dr. Stark’s base nutritional recommendations involve eating a vegan diet with some fish, wild meat and grass fed free range animal meats.  However, clinically his priority is to stabilise blood sugar levels in his clients.  As most people in the western world have some degree of hormone receptor site dysfunction ie insulin resistance/estrogen dominance, in reality many people need to be on a high protein/fat, low carbohydrate diet to stabilise blood sugar levels and reduce body fat.

 

4.  Make vegetables your primary carbohydrate – be a vegan…..who eats enough meat to stabilise blood sugar levels

I think that sentence says it all!!  Make vegetables your primary carbohydrate as they provide carbohydrates in an extremely low glycemic index form, while providing maximal antioxidants, nutrients and fiber.

 

5.  Water counts for a lot, drink at least 7 glasses of water a day, ideally filtered, structured water

Dr. Stark explained how the electrics of water works to maintain vascular health and move blood around your body, being essential to preventing heart attack.  He used an example of how drinking 7 glasses of water a day reduced the rate of heart attack by 50% in a group of 7 Day Adventists.

The best water to drink is water that is structured to have a negative charge, this kind of water is found naturally in plants (another reason to eat fruits and vegetables) and artisian wells.  It can also be made by modern water filters by using magnets (such as this one).

To learn more about Dr. Starks story and protocols I would recommend his book – ‘Live NOW – Die Later’  Click here to view in store…

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