Calcium - Don't Take It By Itself
Vitamin K2: The Missing Nutrient
Vitamin K2 (not ordinary vitamin K] needs to accompany combined calcium and magnesium, as it helps keep the calcium in your bones and out of soft tissues such as ligaments, cartilage and blood vessels. *If taking blood-thinning drugs, it is a good idea to speak with a physician who can help manage the balance between the K2 [which tends to promote clotting] and the warfarin [which helps prevent clotting]. If your doctor is not informed about natural supplements such as vitamin K2, seek one who is.
The Well suggests Dr. Cathryn Harbor, practitioner of functional medicine. She is located near Bedford, in Lexington, VA, and her office number is 540-463-2882.
From The Healthy Skeptic, online: www.thehealthyskeptic.org :
" ...researchers collected data on the vitamin K intakes of the subjects between 1990 and 1993 and measured the extent of heart disease in each subject, who had died from it and how this related to vitamin K2 intake and arterial calcification. They found that calcification of the arteries was the best predictor of heart disease. Those in the highest third of vitamin K2 intakes were 52 percent less likely to develop severe calcification of the arteries, 41 percent less likely to develop heart disease, and 57 percent less likely to die from it."
To read the rest of this accurate and information article, click here:http://thehealthyskeptic.org/vitamin-k2-the-missing-nutrient
In addition to Vitamin K2 [see linked article], calcium should not be taken without magnesium in the proper ratio [the magnesium may be a little less than half the amount of calcium, for example]. Also, Vitamin D3 [not ordinary vitamin D] is crucial to include along with calcium and magnesium. These inexpensive supplements work together to help bond calcium to the bones and prevent calcium migration to various soft tissues of the body.