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A Crucial Nutrient for Heart Health & Bone Strength

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A Crucial Nutrient for Heart Health & Bone Strength

The past decade has brought an explosion of research revealing the many beneficial roles vitamin D plays in keeping you healthy.

But there’s a new kid on the block that could end up being “the next vitamin D,” and we are finding that some of vitamin D’s benefits are greatly enhanced when combined with this other vitamin.

That “new kid” is vitamin K.

Much new research is now focusing on the synergy between vitamin K (specifically, vitamin K2) and vitamin D3, particularly in terms of bone strength and cardiovascular health.

Before discussing the influence of each of these vitamins, let’s review a bit about vitamins D and K and what their roles are.

Vitamin D: A Brief Review

Vitamin D is a key player in your overall health. The name is misleading — it isn’t actually a vitamin at all but a potent neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences nearly 3,000 of your 25,000 genes.

It literally turns on and off genes that can exacerbate — or prevent — many diseases. Vitamin D has been shown to influence dozens of conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Autism
  • Diabetes 1 and 2
  • Cold and Flu
  • Septicemia
  • Eczema and Psoriasis
  • Muscle Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Signs of aging
  • Insomnia
  • Cavities
  • Macular degeneration
  • Seizures
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Heart disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Dementia
  • Hearing Loss
  • Periodontal disease
  • Reduced C-section risk
  • Infertility
  • Migraines
  • Schizophrenia
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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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4:20AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011


6:31AM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

very good info- thanks!

12:41AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Very interesting article. Noted with thanks.

6:22PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Raw foods is not recommended for people with a comprised immune system. Will you people, who write these articles, keep that in mind! These articles that blithely recommend raw foods, and vegan diets drive me crazy! Just eating raw fruit, besides bananas, is a risk for me.

2:46PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

It is usually better to get nutrients from food, but since so many people are deficient in vitamin D and/or cannot metabolize it efficiently, people may need to take a supplement.

4:05AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

is it better to get it from food, or a pilll?

3:07AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

I take a supplement.

1:01AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011


7:26PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

thanks for the article.

6:19AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

I take Viactiv caramel chews for Vitamin D. They are like candy and healthy! Thank you.

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