Advertising * | In my post today I would like to take a closer look at the synergetic effect of two fat-soluble vitamins, namely Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 – a strong duo in terms of bones, muscles and vascular health.
Vitamin D has been on everyone's lips in the press and media for some time. Euphoric reports of success alternate with negative contributions and thus lead to uncertainty for many people. For a long time, vitamin D was only viewed in terms of its functions in bone metabolism. Today, however, we know that vitamin D is also required for smooth functions in almost all cells and organs. The most important tasks of the so-called sun vitamin include a. the control of calcium absorption to strengthen bones and teeth and the maintenance of normal function of muscles and the immune system.
How does my body absorb vitamin D?
Numerous studies show that vitamin D deficiency is widespread in Europe. According to data from the Robert Koch Institute, up to 90% of German citizens are not adequately supplied with vitamin D. How can this deficiency be explained? In our latitudes, the body can only produce vitamin D from sunlight in the months from April to September. In the cold season, the UV radiation and the UV index are so low that the body can no longer develop them naturally.
How do I recognize a vitamin D deficiency?
A vitamin D deficiency can result from several causes. On the one hand, we spend less and less time in the fresh air and therefore also in the sun. The parent substance Colecalciferol can only be stored for 12 to 24 hours and the storage form only for 2 to 3 weeks. The possibility of meeting the vitamin D requirement through food such as Covering cold water fish, eggs or milk is unrealistic. The use of sun creams with SPF> 30 also blocks the body's own synthesis up to 99.5%. For these reasons, it is advisable to use vitamin D supplements in order to rebuild the falling vitamin D level. In the long term, vitamin D deficiency symptoms can have serious consequences for the organism, so it is particularly important to detect a deficiency early on. Whether there is a vitamin D deficiency and whether it is necessary to take vitamin D supplements can be determined by a doctor or alternative practitioner using the laboratory diagnostic method of 25 (OH) D be checked in the serum. In autumn and winter, in our latitudes, a daily intake of 40 to 60 I.U. Vitamin D per body weight per day is recommended. The actually recommended intake depends of course on the available laboratory results.
Bone strength decreases with age
Our bones are in a constant process of being built up and broken down, so that the human skeleton is completely renewed every seven to ten years. This process is regulated by the osteoblasts (bone-building cells) and osteoclasts (bone-breaking cells), which, especially in women, is influenced by the cycle-dependent interplay between estrogen and progesterone. The interaction of these hormones thus enables a balanced balance between bone growth and breakdown. The maintenance of normal, dense bones succeeds as long as the osteoblasts build up more bone than the osteoclasts break down. From around the age of 35, perimenopause begins in many women, a slow and creeping aging process of the sex hormone-producing gonads. For this reason, even a slight lack of estrogen leads to an imbalance between the sex hormones and thus to greater activity of the osteoclasts, so that the body loses around 1 to 1.5% of bone substance per year. But regardless of age or in addition to age-related bone loss, a condition can arise in which more bone tissue is broken down than is newly formed. This can be related to a deficiency in vitamin K2 Feed stand.
Like vitamin D, vitamin K is one of the fat-soluble vitamins. It regulates blood clotting and is important for the incorporation of calcium in bones and teeth. Many studies indicate that vitamin K in the prevention of bone and vascular diseases such as Osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis are becoming increasingly important. In addition, vitamin K supports a healthy sugar metabolism in patients with diabetes melitus, protects against free radicals and inflammation and plays a role in the prevention and therapy of cancer.
Natural occurrence of vitamin K.
Vitamin K occurs naturally in two forms: as vitamin K.1 (Phylloquinone) and K2 (Menaquinone). Vitamin K1 is a functional part of the photosynthesis process of plants and algae and is mainly found in their leaf green. It is found primarily in green leafy vegetables such as kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and spinach and makes up about 90% of the vitamin K ingested through food. Fermentation produces vitamin K.1 in the intestine into vitamin K, which is more valuable to us2 converted. This process takes place with an intact intestinal flora by certain intestinal bacteria. Menaquinones can also be found in bacterially fermented foods such as yogurt or some types of cheese.
Protective factor against osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis
Vitamin K2 plays an important role in bone metabolism. The fat-soluble vitamin activates the so-called GLA proteins (gamma-carboxyl glutamic acid), which in turn bind calcium to themselves (carboxylation) and can then actively control it. This control enables calcium to be transported into the bone tissue and bound there. In addition, vitamin K promotes2 the mineralization of the bone matrix by stimulating the osteoblasts. Isn't vitamin K2 present, the necessary gamma carboxylation does not occur and it can consequently lead to serious health problems. On the one hand, the mineral density in the bones decreases because calcium cannot be bound in the bone tissue. This leads to a reduced bone density and the bones become increasingly porous and brittle – this is called osteoporosis. On the other hand, a lack of K2 the calcium increasingly store in the arterial walls.
How do I recognize a vitamin K deficiency?
The estimated values for daily vitamin K intake by the German Nutrition Society are as follows: for adolescents and adults from 15 to 51 years 70 µg (Men) or 60 µg (Women.) From the age of 52, the need increases again 80 µg. The values listed are only estimates. The intake recommendations for vitamin K mainly relate to vitamin K.1. The daily need for vitamin K1 you can easily cover the abundant consumption of green leafy vegetables. It is believed, however, that many people suffer from a chronic lack of vitamin K.2 are affected. The problem with this is that it is a vitamin K.2 Deficiency only becomes noticeable after years through manifested diseases of civilization such as osteoporosis or arteriosclerosis. The laboratory parameter ‘Undercarboxylated osteocalcin‘May be a possible indication of a vitamin K deficiency2 his.
Vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 – a strong duo
The vitamin K2 ensures that the calcium absorbed with the help of vitamin D is incorporated into the bones. In case the body does not have enough vitamin K.2 the calcium is not stored in the bones. What happens instead? Calcium can be deposited in blood vessels and organs (such as the kidneys), which can be damaged as a result. In addition, calcium is no longer available in sufficient quantities for the formation of bones to maintain normal bones.
Debora® plus K2
For the reasons listed above for healthy bones, blood clotting and intact vascular health, it is recommended to take a dietary supplement containing vitamins D3 and K2 contains. Debora® plus K2 is a useful combination of vitamin D.3 and vitamin K2. The vitamin K used in it2 in the form of menaquinone (= MK-7) is due to its lipophilic and tissue-permeable structure compared to other K2-Forms better absorbed by the body and is there longer active.
Since vitamin D and vitamin K are fat-soluble vitamins, they need vegetable oils as a transport medium in order to be able to absorb them particularly well in the intestine. That is why the gluten, fructose, yeast and lactose-free capsules from Debora contain® plus K2 the vitamins D3 or K2 dissolved in native linseed and sunflower oil.
Debora® plus K2 you can buy it without a prescription in all pharmacies or here buy online.
Another important note for people who take anticoagulants or suffer from a blood clotting disorder. They should consult their doctor before taking this product, as the intake of vitamin K2 the anti-coagulant effect of vitamin K antagonists such as Marcumar® or Falithrom® could decrease.
As can be seen from the reasons listed above, our bones are in a permanent process of remodeling, with the mechanisms of attachment and degradation naturally slowing down as we age. However, it is almost never too late to take measures to protect the skeletal system. It is therefore all the more important to start prevention at a young age and to pay attention to bone health. A balanced, low-acid diet with lots of green vegetables and little meat, regular exercise, and supplementation with good vitamins D and K2 Combination preparations can counteract this process. And if the diagnosis: "osteopenia" (incipient bone fragility) or "osteoporosis" has been made, there is a large variety of therapy options.
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