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29 July 2010
The British Medical Journal: Effect of calcium supplements on risk of myocardial infarction and cardiovascular events

In a new study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers indicate that calcium supplements increase the risk of myocardial infarction by as much as 30%. The study is a meta-analysis of 15 randomized trials on calcium supplements conducted in the last 20 years totalling 12 000 participants.

Due to the widespread use of calcium supplements, especially among women over 50, the potential for an increase in heart attack related illness could be staggering. The researchers write "Even a small increase in incidence of cardiovascular disease could translate into a large burden of disease in the population." Professor Ian Reid of the University of Auckland, head of the researchers, told NutraIngredients.com "The risks outweigh the benefits."

Obviously, an increased calcium load (by taking calcium supplements) will be beneficial for bone strength, but at the same time it will worsen the situation for the vasculature. The rational strategy to counteract artery calcification and optimize cardiovascular protection is to increase vitamin K intake.

To read the whole study, press here and you will be directed to the British Medical Journal.

 
20 July 2010
The INDEPENDENT: Is Vitamins K2 missing in your diet?

It is a challenge to get your daily intake of all the good stuff and researchers have noted that vitamin K2 is essential for warding off cancer, cardiovascular disease and promoting healthy bones, brain, and skin.
On July 15, a who's who of the cheese world, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the Organic Trade Association (OTA), congregated in Washington, DC to discuss the nutritional benefits of cheese and the importance of increasing dairy product dietary requirements.

During the meeting, Sally Fallon Morell, president of nutrition education nonprofit the Weston A. Price Foundation, raised concerns about the proposed US 2010 Dietary Guidelines and stated, We should be giving children more cheese because low intakes of vitamin K2, which is found primarily in egg yolks and full-fat cheese, are associated with increased risk of heart disease and cancer.

K2 (menaquinone) is far superior to K1 (phylloquinone) for health outcomes, concluded Dutch researchers in a study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2004.

To read the whole article please click on the link below. You will then be redirected to The Independent's website.

Is K2 missing in your diet?

Source: The Independent July 20th, 2010

 
19 June 2010
Vitamin-K2 as MenaQ7 on FOX News

Natural health care expert Mark Mincolla tells you about the benefits of vitamin K2.
To see the interview please click here (You will now be redirected to fox news website.)

 
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