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25. Vitamin K and Fractures

Episode Summary

Vitamin K was first discovered in 1929 by Henrik Dam, a Danish scientist, and research since then has revealed this nutrient’s crucial role in blood clotting, bone health, the production of the myelin sheath in nerves and healthy blood platelets. Poor diets, antibiotics and aging all decrease vitamin K, and many people are at risk for low levels of this vitamin. But there are different types of vitamin K, and they aren’t all equal. Learn about this important vitamin and which type of vitamin K is best for building stronger bones.

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Key Takeaways To Tune In For

  • [00:45] Vitamin K is powerful nutrient involved in many biochemical pathways
  • [01:53] How Vitamin K is created
  • [02:45] How the body uses Vitamin K
  • [03:30] Why you might be Vitamin K deficient
  • [04:22] The best form of Vitamin K for bone health
  • [08:00] Multiple clinical trials using MK4 show it can decrease bone fractures
  • [08:20] MK4 had also shown to help patients with some cancers
  • [09:45] MK4 increases bone density
  • [11:00] MK4 exerts a powerful influence in bone-building
  • [13:30] 3 Vitamin K-dependent proteins
  • [17:00] Looking for clinical trials that report the ability to reduce fractures is crucial
  • [19:15] Studies show 45 mg per day of Vitamin K can promote the growth of stronger bones
  • [20:48] Is Vitamin K safe
  • [20:45] People taking the medication warfarin should consult with their medical provider before taking Vitamin K

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