A lot of health conscious people make it a point to take a daily multivitamin supplement along with proper diet, exercise, etc., but just how complete is that little pill you take every morning? Is it really providing that bit of dietary health insurance you are counting on?
In light of current research, if you examine the contents of your standard bottle you might see a couple of glaring omissions. I am referring to the tandem of Vitamin D and Vitamin K, two important nutrients that have been getting a lot of attention lately. I can’t help wondering why the vitamin manufaturers haven’t made the adjustment?
Research lately has come up with very compelling reasons to up the consumption. Everyone is aware of the importance of getting enough vitamin D for calcium absorption in the gut and for its critical role in maintaining bone density. But powerful evidence has shown cardiovascular and immune system protection, as well as lowered risk of bladder and other cancers. (see “Studies” page) New research has illuminated its role in working with vitamin K in protection of the cardiovascular system, especially in endothelial (inner blood vessel) health.
Everyone has heard of the term “hardening of the arteries”. Excessive calcium in the blood vessels and its deposition in the inner lining is an important factor in cardiovascular disease (cvd). Were you also aware of the frightening fact that blood vessel cells can actually transform into bone producing ones? (studies)
One possible root of this is the rampant vitamin D and K deficiency of those with poor diet and supplementation habits. Osteocalcin is a hormone that removes excess calcium from your blood, but it requires Vitamin K to make it “sticky” (carboxylate it) so it can be returned to the bones where it is needed. The food sources of vitamin K – green leafy vegetables like lettuce and broccoli, contain some of this nutrient, but it is not very well absorbed. Why do the popular multi vitamins not contain Vitamin K?
Also not very well known is the adverse effects of taking high doses of vitamin A without added supplementation of Vitamin D. The typical doses in a multivitamin ignore this fact. (Vitamin A can inhibit absorption of Vit D, and lead to consequences such as possible bone loss etc.) Researchers now recommend supplementation of between 1000 and 4000 iu per day. (studies) You might not find this in your multi.
Theres a simple remedy for this situation – isn’t there? Just supplement added vitamin D (1000-4000 iu daily) and Vitamin K (45-2000mcg K2) as I do. These are well within the safe limit, and you will actually be getting that added insurance that you were counting on. To your health!!