Calcium, the main mineral found in bones and teeth, is one of the most important essential minerals. For example, calcium enters the heart muscle cells during each heartbeat and contributes to the electrical signal that coordinates the heart’s function.
Vitamin K2 and D3 play crucial roles in calcium balance. BioPerine (the active ingredient in black pepper) is known for its ability to increase nutrient absorption in the body. Vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 ensure that calcium is absorbed easily and reaches the bone mass, while preventing arterial calcification. Without these cofactors, calcium may be deposited in the soft tissue of vessels, contributing to arterial plaques. Misplaced calcium is now recognized as a contributor to heart attacks, especially in women who are taking calcium supplements.
Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting, calcium metabolism and heart health. Vitamin D facilitates absorption of calcium and phosphate, which are needed for bone growth. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones become brittle and break more easily. Beyond contributing to calcium balance, vitamin D supports innate immunity. Without sufficient vitamin D levels, neutrophils, a primary part of immunity against infection and viruses, are less effective.
A growing body of evidence suggests a synergistic effect of vitamin K combined with vitamin D. Recent studies have shown the combination of Vitamin K2 with Vitamin D3 to have exceptional benefits supporting the prevention of bone loss and demineralization.. Vitamins K2 and D3 are instrumental at preventing calcification of vessels and ensuring excess calcium is properly deposited in our bones.*
As more is discovered about the powerful combination of vitamins D and K, it gives a renewed reason to eat a healthy diet including a variety of foods such as vegetables and fermented dairy for bone and cardiovascular health.