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Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life

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The secret to avoiding calcium-related osteoporosis and atherosclerosis

While millions of people take calcium and Vitamin D supplements thinking they’re helping their bones, the truth is, without the addition of Vitamin K2, such a health regimen could prove dangerous. Without Vitamin K2, the body cannot direct calcium to the bones where it’s needed; instead, the calcium resides in soft tissue (like the arteries)—leading to a combination of osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, or the dreaded “calcium paradox.” This is the first book to reveal how universal a Vitamin K2 deficiency is, and the risk (in the form of cancer and diabetes, among other ailments) the absence of Vitamin K2 poses.Written by Dr. Kate Rheaume a popular health expert on Canadian television and radio,Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox sounds a warning about the popularity of the calcium and Vitamin D craze, while illustrating the enormous health benefits of Vitamin K2 in making the body less susceptible to dental cavities, heart disease, prostate cancer, liver cancer, diabetes, wrinkles, obesity, varicose veins, and other ailments.

  • The book demystifies this obscure supernutrient—a fat soluble vitamin that humans once thrived on, ignored by scientists for almost seventy years
  • Details how the consumption of grass-fed animals led to adequate Vitamin K2 intake—while grain-based animal feed helped eradicate Vitamin K2 from our diets
  • Describes how doctors are raising recommended doses of calcium and Vitamin D—without prescribing Vitamin K2
  • Details more damning facts about transfats—and how the creation of a synthetic Vitamin K interfered with the body’s Vitamin K metabolism

An essential book for anyone interested in bone health, or maintaining their overall health, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox is the guide to taking the right combination of supplements—and adding Vitamin K2 to a daily regimen.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Calcium Paradox … 1

Why you need to read this book, whether or not you take calcium supplements … 4
Osteoporosis: Calcium deficiency … 5
Atherosclerosis: Calcium excess … 8
Why vitamin D won’t save us from the Calcium Paradox … 10
How vitamin K2 comes to the rescue … 12
The calcium cycle of life … 18
We all need more: Vitamin K2 deficiency is widespread … 19

Chapter 2: The Undiscovery and Rediscovery of Vitamin K2 … 23

A brief history of vitamin K: A tale of two nutrients … 24
The mysterious activator X … 27
Finally understanding vitamin K2 after 70 years: What it is and isn’t … 39
Vitamin K1: Greens and clotting … 41
Vitamin K1 deficiency is rare and obvious … 43
Vitamin K2: Animal fat and calcium metabolism … 44
Vitamin K2 deficiency is common and invisible … 45
Vitamin K2: A new essential nutrient … 47

Chapter 3 – How Much Vitamin K2 Do We Need, and How Do We Get It? … 49

The lack of vitamin K2 in our diet: What went wrong? … 50
The grass-fed vitamin … 53
The pastured egg hunt … 56
Ghee and butter oil from grass-fed cows … 61
Yet another reason to avoid trans fat … 63
Two types of vitamin K2 … 65
Natto, the slimy superfood … 69
Recommended vitamin K2 intake … 74
Vitamin K2 from supplements … 76
Vitamin K2: Friend or foe of blood-thinning medications? … 80

Chapter 4: Vitamin K2: The Ultimate Antiaging Vitamin … 85

The triage theory of aging … 86
Vitamin K2 for heart health … 89
Rethinking cholesterol … 90
Atherosclerosis: Plaque accumulation … 92
What really causes heart disease? … 95
Vitamin K2 trumps K1 for heart health … 96
You can reverse heart disease … 97
How much is enough? … 100
Even more evidence for vitamin K2 and heart health … 100
Vitamin D deficiency: Another risk factor for cardiovascular disease … 102
Vitamin K2: Building better bones … 102
The renovation of you … 103
Calcium alone is not enough … 104
Vitamin K2: The missing link for bone health … 106
Testing for your vitamin K2 levels … 109
Vitamin K2 for Alzheimer’s disease … 110
Vitamin K2 for wrinkle prevention … 114
The way we were … 115
Vitamin K2 for healthy veins … 117
Aging well with vitamin K2 … 119

Chapter 5: Even More Health Benefits of Vitamin K2 … 121

Vitamin K2 for diabetes … 122
Vitamin K2 for arthritis … 126
K2 for brain and neurologic health … 127
Vitamin K2 for cancer prevention … 129
Vitamin K2 for kidney disease … 137
Vitamin K2 for fertility … 138
Vitamin K2 for normal facial development … 140
Vitamin K2 for easier labor … 147
Vitamin K2 for strong bones … 150
Vitamin K2 for dental health … 151
Anatomy of a tooth … 152

Chapter 6: Measuring Your Vitamin K2 Levels … 161

Undercarboxylated osteocalcin (ucOC) tests … 163
Bone density scanning … 168
Tracking your plaque … 172

Chapter 7: Vitamins K2, A and D: Better Together … 181

A, D and K2: A balancing act … 182
Understanding vitamin A … 185
Understanding vitamin D … 204
Are vitamins A and D hormones? … 219
What about vitamin E? … 221

Chapter 8: Toward a New Definition of Nutritious … 225

Defining a healthy diet … 229
A whole grain of truth … 230
Calcium and magnesium … 233

Endnotes … 237
Index … 267