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What’s the Deal With K2?

What’s the Deal With K2?

Ever heard of vitamin K2? If you’re like most people, we’re guessing the answer is no. And while this nutrient isn’t talked about much and may be easy to overlook, some say it’s the “missing link” between the Western diet and several diseases and health ailments we’re prone to suffer from.  


Vitamin K was discovered in 1929 as an essential nutrient for blood clotting. Danish scientist Henrik Dam attributed anti-hemorrhaging data he found to this fat-soluble vitamin he called “Koagulations vitamin” (= vitamin K). In the 1930s, dentist Dr. Weston Price found that vitamin K is essential in maintenance of oral health (which we all know affects the entire health system) and that a diet including vitamin K can prevent and heal dental cavities.


Now you might be wondering, what’s the difference between vitamin K1 and K2? Long story short, vitamin K refers to a group of vitamins that share a similar chemical structure; the two main forms found in the human diet are K1 and K2. Vitamin K1 is typically found in plant foods, namely leafy green vegetables (ie. kale, collard greens, and spinach), and makes up approximately 75% of vitamin K consumed by humans. Vitamin K2 is primarily found in animal products (pork, chicken, egg yolk and certain cheeses) and fermented foods (kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut) and accounts for approximately 25% of our total vitamin K intake.


The health outcomes of incorporating sufficient amounts of vitamin K2 into your diet are plenty. Vitamin K2 (also called Menaquinone 7):

  • Strengthens bones, which can help to prevent osteoporosis. Osteoporosis (“porous bones”) is common in North America, affecting approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men in Canada.  (However, there’s some dispute about the accuracy of this statistic.)
  • Combats tooth decay. As mentioned above, good oral health is essential for overall body health and even emotional wellbeing.
  • Protects against hardening of the arteries and associated stroke risk.
  • Assists in regulating blood sugar levels.
  • Reduces risk of cancer. One study showed a reduction in risk of prostate cancer of 63% in men with high vitamin K2 intake.
  • Reduces calcium deposits and lowers risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the Rotterdam Study, participants with the highest intake of vitamin K2 were 57% less likely to develop heart disease.
  • Enhances mental function and may help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
  • According to this source, even enhances facial structure and gives you “prettier” cheekbones! By carrying calcium to where it needs to go, vitamin K2 supports the establishments of strong bones and teeth. To really boost your bone health, take vitamin K2 in conjunction with vitamin D, which absorbs calcium.


Have we convinced you yet that vitamin K2 is worth adding to your health routine? To up your vitamin K2 intake, try incorporating more chicken, eggs, and fermented foods into your diet. And as with any essential vitamins and minerals, we suggest adding a supplement to your dietary routine to ensure you’re covering your bases and ingesting adequate amounts. Especially if you’re vegetarian or don’t want to increase your intake of animal products, supplements can be a good way to go in this case. We suggest taking our incredible Quick K2 before a meal, and you can take up to three per day!

What is a Superfood?

What is a Superfood?

These days, while scanning the aisles of your local grocery store, you’ll probably notice a bunch of buzzwords marketers throw onto packaging, and quite willy-nilly if you ask us. Whether it’s the terms green, organic, or fairtrade, oftentimes companies will stick these words on their labels just to draw in the attention of uneducated, less… Continue Reading

Krill Oil: Is it different from fish oil?

Krill Oil: Is it different from fish oil?

You probably know that omega-3 fatty acids are essential for your overall health. Omega-3 fatty acids have numerous benefits, from lowering triglycerides, to increasing joint health and lowering the effects of arthritis, to acting as a natural antidepressant, to regular tissue development and repair… and the list goes on. It’s recommended that we consume fatty… Continue Reading

How to take Nutripods

As with most vitamin and mineral pills, the “Pod” should be consumed with a proper meal; that is one with a mix of protein, fats and carbohydrates. Not with just a piece of fruit or a protein shake. Fat in pill form (i.e. Fish oil, Vit. E, Vit. A, Vit. D,) requires fat in the… Continue Reading

The Problem with “Mega Vitamin Packs”

The first and most obvious problem with old school mega-vitamin packs, is the outdated idea that you can’t have too many B vitamins. It is not as simple as just having the world’s most expensive urine (that bright yellow color is the B’s spilling over into the urine). Excess vitamins are a burden on the… Continue Reading

The Basics of Supplementation

So, you don’t fancy going through 10 bottles of vitamins every morning, and you go looking for the best “one-a-day multiple vitamin and mineral” that you can find. The problem is: no one tablet can provide sufficient quantities of everything you need, especially vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium and magnesium. Were these to be included… Continue Reading

Sunglasses, Vitamin A and Your Lungs

After suggesting a moderately high dosage most people come back with something about the “toxicity” of this vitamin. My response it to remind them that people die everyday from aspirin usage, but nobody thinks twice about popping an aspirin, yet no one has ever died from vitamin A, and yet everyone is afraid of it.… Continue Reading

Ginkgo, Ginger and Blood Thinning Medications

This pharmacological study done with healthy males, found that neither Ginkgo Biloba Extract (80mg three times daily) nor ginger root (1200mg three times daily) affected bleeding time or how the drug (Warfarin) was absorbed and metabolized. This study is backed up by others, which also indicate no effect of GBE on bleeding parameters, and suggest… Continue Reading

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