You’re Only as Old as Your Arteries… Isn’t It Time You Gave Them Your Attention?

According to researchers, the state of your arteries – or your “vascular age” – may be a much better indicator of your health and longevity than your actual age.

One unwanted side effect of aging for many people is calcification of tissues, especially their arteries.

When your arteries become calcified, it means that calcium may be building up, making your arteries less elastic. When this happens, it is harder for your blood to flow freely.

Generally speaking, the less calcium buildup in your arteries and the greater their elasticity, the better your cardiovascular health, and the lower your vascular age.

Older individuals with little or no calcification of their arteries may be able to subtract as many as 10 years from their chronological age!

Your arteries need to remain elastic in order to effectively transport blood and nutrients to all your tissues. Eating healthy foods, getting enough regular exercise and daily movement, and enjoying fulfilling relationships with family and friends all help to keep your arteries youthful.

Stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and exposure to toxins can make your arteries age faster.

And so can not getting enough of two crucial nutrients, one of which is now the focus of an explosion of exciting research…

Long Forgotten, Its Stunning Potential Is Now Being Rediscovered

Originally discovered in 1929 by a Danish researcher studying cholesterol, vitamin K has been largely ignored until recent years.

But researchers are quickly making up for lost time, and the results from the newest vitamin K clinical tests highlighting its potential benefits for your arterial health are nothing less than spectacular.*

At the recent Global Expo and Conference on Vitamin K2, experts agreed that vitamin K2 (a special form of vitamin K – more about that later) is the last recognized vitamin in the Western world that people can be lacking in – and a majority of the population is clearly deficient.

With so many recognized potential benefits – from your arteries and heart, to your bones, to your nerves and muscles – this nutrient demands your attention now.*

The experts have spoken… and the clinical data is in. So, don’t wait another five years or even a decade until the medical establishment climbs on the bandwagon and tells you to take it, like they’re now finally starting to do with vitamin D.

And since vitamin K2 may actually be just as important for your health as vitamin D, it’s all the more reason to jump in now, ahead of the curve!*

How This Nutrient Duo – Vitamins K and D – Helps Keep Your Arteries Youthful*

Healthy Blood Circulation
Healthy blood circulation through a flexible, youthful artery

Vitamin K and vitamin D work together to support your cardiovascular health, your bone health, and your immune system among many other functions.*

Vitamin D can’t work properly without vitamin K, and vitamin K can’t perform its actions without enough vitamin D. You need both, and in the proper amounts.

With awareness of its many potential benefits for health, health-conscious individuals are now taking steps to make sure they’re getting plenty of vitamin D.

However, here’s something many may not realize:

When you take high doses of oral vitamin D3, you must also get more vitamin K, either from good food sources or a high-quality supplement.

If you fail to get enough K, you can raise your risk of arterial calcification – and your vascular age. And that can have serious effects on your health and your longevity.

You see, vitamins K and D play an intricate dance together…

While vitamin D helps strengthen your bones by helping your body absorb calcium, it’s vitamin K that helps make sure the calcium ends up in the right place. You want calcium in your skeleton, and not in the linings of your arteries, heart valves, and organs.

Something That Wasn’t Known When I Was in Medical School…

Arterial Calcification
A protein called MGP helps prevent the buildup of calcium in arteries

Not very long ago, researchers believed arterial calcification was an irreversible process associated with aging. Once it happened, there was nothing you could do to change it.

Now they know better.

Researchers have discovered that calcification is an active process that involves a protein called matrix Gla protein (MGP).

MGP prevents calcium from building up and calcifying your arteries. But to do this, it must have adequate supplies of vitamin K.

If you have too little vitamin K, MGP can’t perform its artery-protecting functions and stop calcifications from developing in your arteries.

And in recent years researchers have made another stunning discovery about vitamin K…

Healthy arterial tissues may contain up to 100 times more vitamin K than calcified arteries. And when you restore supplies of vitamin K, you can potentially help reverse the buildup of calcium caused by a vitamin K deficiency!*

Surprisingly, Only ONE Type of Vitamin K Can Influence Calcification*

When I talk about vitamin K and how it influences the calcification of your arteries, it’s important to know that I’m only talking about one type – vitamin K2.*

There are different types of vitamin K with very different actions and limitations:

  1. Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone)
  2. This type of vitamin K is important for proper blood clotting and is the form that’s often given to infants at birth.*

    You can get K1 in your diet, mainly from green vegetables like spinach, kale, cabbage, and broccoli. However, your body only absorbs about 10 percent.

    K1 goes directly to your liver and remains there. With a very short half-life, it’s gone within 3 or 4 hours.

    Vitamin K1 does little or nothing to support your arterial health.

  3. Vitamin K2 (menaquinone or MK)
  4. You get this type of vitamin K from grass-fed dairy and animal products, and from fermented foods, like natto, miso, and certain fermented vegetables. Vitamin K2 is produced by bacteria during the fermentation process.

    Unlike K1, nearly all of the K2 you consume is absorbed by your body. K2 also goes to your liver, but is then redistributed via LDL cholesterol to your bones and blood vessels to help support your bone and cardiovascular health.*

    Vitamin K2 has a much longer half-life and stays in your body longer than vitamin K1.

  5. Vitamin K3 (menadione)
  6. This is a synthetic form of vitamin K that I do not recommend.

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Fermented vegetables are an excellent source of vitamin K2 when made with certain proven probiotic strains.

When you use my Kinetic Culture with its select probiotic strains for your starter culture, you get fermented vegetables with high levels of vitamin K2 – something not often seen with other fermented vegetables.

Convenient and easy to use, each box contains 10 packs of starter culture – enough for 10 quarts of fermented vegetables.

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Landmark Study Confirms Superiority of Vitamin K2 for Cardiovascular Health*

Vitamin K2 Rotterdam Study
4,807 people helped bring vitamin K2 into the spotlight

For over half a century, vitamin K was recognized only for its role in normal blood clotting. It wasn’t until the more recent discovery of the vitamin K2-dependent protein MGP that vitamin K2 received any attention at all.

The Rotterdam Study from 2004 helped bring K2 into the spotlight. It was the first study to show the important benefits of vitamin K2.

This monumental 10-year study followed 4,807 initially healthy people, age 55 years and older.

The results? Daily consumption of more than 32 mcg of dietary vitamin K2 from mostly fermented foods led to a:

  • 50 percent reduction of arterial calcification*
  • 50 percent reduction of cardiovascular risk*
  • 25 percent reduction of all-cause mortality*

And those who consumed 45 mcg of K2 from foods lived 7 years longer than those getting only 12 mcg per day!

Most importantly, these results were only seen in groups consuming high levels of vitamin K2, and not vitamin K1.

In another study called the Prospect Study, 16,000 healthy women were followed for 8 years. The results from this study were similar to those from Rotterdam: High intake of natural vitamin K2, but not vitamin K1, over an 8-year period promoted cardiovascular health.*

For every 10 mcg of vitamin K2 consumed, cardiovascular risk was reduced by 9 percent.*

Are You One of the Estimated 97 Percent Who May Be Vitamin K2 Deficient?

Vitamin K2 Deficiency Risks
More than 9 out of 10 people may be at risk for a vitamin K2 deficiency

As I mentioned earlier, researchers now suspect that as many as 97 percent of the general Western population may be low in vitamin K2.

There are several different ways you can put yourself at risk for a deficiency.

Foremost, as I just mentioned, you get vitamin K2 from fermented foods. Few people in the Western world routinely eat these exceptionally healthy foods.

Second, vitamin K is fat-soluble and needs dietary fat for efficient absorption. If you’re limiting fat in your diet, you may not be absorbing much of the vitamin K2 you’re eating.

Taking prescription cholesterol lowering drugs without supplementing with a daily dose of vitamin K2 is another way you can become deficient. Statins can deplete your body of both vitamins K1 and K2.

Finally, you might have been advised by your health care provider to avoid vitamin K foods and supplements because you’re taking an anticoagulant drug.

Never take a vitamin K supplement without your physician’s approval if you are taking an oral anticoagulant such as Coumadin and Warfarin. Check with your health care provider before adding additional vitamin K foods to your diet.

Watch Out for Synthetic Imposters That Could Rob You of Benefits – and Your Money

Vitamin K2 can be broken down into four additional categories: MK-4, MK-7, MK-8, and MK-9.

MK-8 and MK-9 come primarily from dairy products, and aren’t considered valuable sources of vitamin K2.

MK-4 and MK-7 are the two most significant forms of K2 and act very differently in your body:

  • MK-4 acts very much like vitamin K1 as it remains mostly in your liver after reaching your intestines. It has a biological half-life of about one hour, which makes it a poor candidate for a vitamin K2 supplement.
  • MK-7 stays in your body much longer with a half-life of about 3 days, which allows consistent blood levels to build, compared to MK-4 or K1. MK-7 is only produced by bacterial fermentation.

Many vitamin K2 supplements use MK-4, but it’s not the same wholesome MK-4 that you find in grass-fed dairy products.

Rather, the MK-4 in supplements is a synthetic form of MK-4, made from the extract of the tobacco plant. This synthetic form is much less costly to produce than the real thing from grass-fed sources, but that’s not its biggest problem…

MK-4 has a shorter chain length than MK-7. Because it only remains in the blood stream at useful levels for a short time, its effectiveness is limited. For significant value, you would have to take MK-4 supplements repeatedly throughout the day.

On the other hand, MK-7 supplements only require once daily dosing because MK-7 stays in therapeutic doses in the blood much longer than synthetic MK-4, and is able to build up to healthy levels.

Also, equally important…

Studies overwhelmingly confirm that the MK-7 form of vitamin K2 provides the optimal vitamin K status in your body to activate the vitamin K-dependent protein MGP – the anti-arterial calcification protein I talked about earlier.*

Introducing the FIRST Clinically Proven, Patented Vitamin K2 for Cardiovascular and Bone Health – MenaQ7®*

A patented form of MK-7, MenaQ7®, is the first and only clinically proven vitamin K2 for cardiovascular and bone health. And it may also offer potential benefits for your muscle and nerve health as well as your brain’s vascular flow.*

And I’m proud to be offering this form of Vitamin K2 to you, in the exact dosage level now shown to be effective in studies, and recommended by experts.

Based on these recent studies, we’ve increased the K2-MK7 levels in our Vitamin K2 product from 150 to 180 mcg.

What makes this dosage level of MenaQ7® so superior?

  • It’s the longest-lasting, most bioavailable, and most bioactive form of vitamin K
  • Clinically proven to reduce the calcification of arteries*
  • Clinically shown to improve bone strength and mass*
  • Has a guaranteed high level of purity for quality, safety and efficacy
  • Free from gluten, dairy, soy, and other known allergens
  • Certified by The Non-GMO Project and contains no genetically engineered ingredients

3-Year Study Shows MenaQ7® Helps Prevent Age-Related Stiffening of Arteries*

A groundbreaking 3-year study of 244 healthy, post-menopausal Dutch women, 55 to 65 years old, showed significant cardiovascular health benefits while taking a daily dose of 180 mcg of MenaQ7®, as compared to a placebo group. Results showed that the MenaQ7®:

  • Helped prevent age-related stiffening of arteries*
  • Significantly improved vascular elasticity*

After 3 years of treatment with this nutritional dose of MenaQ7®, the people in the group with initial high arterial stiffness showed a significant decrease in stiffness, compared to a slight increase in the placebo group.

MenaQ7® not only inhibited age-related stiffening of the artery walls, it also made a statistically significant improvement in vascular elasticity.* And these benefits may extend to your brain’s vascular flow as well.*

And now the latest research shows Vitamin K2 in the form of MenaQ7® may offer valuable potential benefits in addition to your cardiovascular health…

Vitamin K2 MK-7: An Effective Remedy for Muscle Cramps?

Vitamin K2-MK-7 on Muscle Cramps
Vitamin K2-MK-7 may help muscle cramping and age-related wasting

As you age, your muscle mass typically declines, much like what happens with your bone mass as you grow older.

This normal muscle wasting process often results in impaired muscle function as well, a frustrating reality for many seniors.

Along with declining muscle health sometimes comes muscle cramping, a common, yet not often-talked-about symptom of aging. This is when a painful contraction of a muscle group, especially the legs, occurs after stretching.

Studies show that 30 percent of people over 60, and 50 percent of seniors over 80 years of age have a history of muscle cramps.

A group of 19 elderly men and women experiencing leg cramps on a daily or weekly basis was given a daily dose of 100 mcg per day of vitamin MK-7 for three months.

At the end of the study, the researchers found that this low dosage level of MK-7 resulted in “dramatic improvement of frequency, duration, and severity of pain during cramping”.* When the subjects stopped taking the supplement, the cramping tended to return within days or weeks. This one study is preliminary, but it does indicate the potential for Vitamin K2-MK7 for other body structures and functions.

Muscle cramping can also occur in those following a low-carb, high-fat burning diet and in those that have a mineral imbalance. In all of these cases vitamin K2 seems to be very useful

Because vitamin K2-MK-7 is so safe for regular use, I consider it a “must-have” for all adults to help support your cardiovascular health and the overall health of your muscle health and function.*

How I Chose MenaQ7® for My Vitamin K2

There were key issues that weren’t negotiable when my team and I decided we wanted to create a high-quality vitamin K2 formula. It had to:

  • Contain no genetically engineered ingredients or GMOs – Formulas including genetically modified organisms or processes are absolutely unacceptable.
  • Contain no known allergens – The formula has to be free from known allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fin fish, shellfish, and wheat.
  • Have a stable fermentation process – Needs a consistent reliable process that ensures product quality in the formula.
  • Use vitamin K2-MK7 in the formula – As discussed, our patented K2-MK7 produced from natto using chickpeas has proven to be one of the most bioavailable, stable, and beneficial varieties.*

The good news is I was able to formulate a high-quality vitamin K2 supplement that fit my demands.

How My Vitamin K2 Stacks Up Against the Others

Here's a handy chart showing you how my K2 supplement compares to other vitamin K2 supplements on the market...

Selection criteria Mercola Vitamin K2? Other manufacturers?
Must not contain genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs) Yes – The product is free of bioengineered processes and ingredients. Some vitamin K3 and K2 supplements use bioengineered soy.
Must be non-animal sourced Yes – No animal sources are used in the formulation process. Some manufacturers may use animal-sourced ingredients to create their vitamin K formula.
Must use vitamin K2-MK7 in the formula Yes – Only vitamin K2-MK7 (from natto fermentation) is used. There are many synthetic formulas of vitamin K (K3) produced that could be risky to your health. Some manufacturers will use a combination of MK-7 with MK-4 or other synthetic forms to cut costs.
Must be affordable Yes – This is a big sticking point with the complex processes involved to produce K2-MK7. Our formula contains 180 mcg, the exact dosage used in studies. Many forms of vitamin K2, and particularly K2-MK7, can be very expensive and almost prohibitive from practical use.

I’m sure you’ll agree this is a high-quality vitamin K2 supplement. We’ve spared no expense or cut any corners to bring you what I believe is the finest.

Why My Vitamin K2 Deserves Your Vote of Confidence

Let me quickly summarize how you can potentially benefit from my Vitamin K2 180 mcg formula:

Healthy Mind and Memory
My Vitamin K2 may also help support your healthy mind and memory
  • Helps support your arteries and cardiovascular system*
  • Helps maintain strong bones and keep them healthy*
  • Helps ensure calcium ends up in your bones and not in your arteries and tissues*
  • Helps support your brain’s vascular flow for optimal brain health and memory function*
  • Helps support your muscle and nerve health*

These powerful benefits tell an incredible story about vitamin K2. I believe it’s remarkable, considering how long this important nutrient was ignored.

Don’t just settle for any vitamin K or K2 supplement...demand the absolute best you can find.

And that’s exactly what I believe you have with Vitamin K2.

Don’t Be Part of the Risky 97 Percent – Take Control of Your Cardiovascular Health Today

To recap, my Vitamin K2:

  • Provides 180 mcg of vitamin K2 as MenaQ7® – The exact effective dose supported by clinical studies and expert opinions to promote healthy, flexible arteries and overall heart health*
  • Offers optimal absorption and long-lasting benefits so you only need one serving a day, unlike some other formulas
  • Utilizes vitamin K2 produced from chickpeas instead of soy, which has proven to be one of the most bioavailable, stable, and beneficial varieties*
  • Uses only non-genetically engineered ingredients for your peace of mind
  • Doesn’t contain magnesium stearate, an ingredient added to many supplements that doesn’t provide benefits but may be detrimental to your immune system*

I’m sure by now you’re aware that this long-neglected nutrient deserves your attention now. Only you can control your vascular age…

Don’t be part of the 97 percent who may not be getting enough. And don’t sit around and wait for your doctor to tell you to take it. It may be too late…

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Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions
  1. 1. How does Dr. Mercola's Vitamin K2 differ from other K2 supplements?

    Finding a natural source of vitamin K2 can be a real challenge. You have to be wary of risky synthetic imposters, and keep a watchful eye on manufacturing quality.

    My Vitamin K2 stands above the crowd because it is made from chickpeas instead of soy, contains no bioengineered ingredients, is allergen-free, is made with a stable fermentation process, uses patented, clinically-proven MenaQ7® in the formula for superior bioavailability, and is affordable. Also, like all our supplements, undergoes many levels of independent objective outside laboratory testing to make certain you are getting the highest quality product.

  2. 2. Is Dr. Mercola's Vitamin K2 free of GMOs?

    Yes, we use fermented chickpeas, which are not bioengineered like many soy products.

  3. 3. What form of vitamin K is most important?

    I believe that vitamin K2 is most important for your health. One of the best natural sources of vitamin K2 comes from an ancient Japanese food called natto. While there are many varieties of vitamin K2, vitamin K2-MK7 produced from natto is shown to be one of the most bioavailable, stable, and beneficial varieties.* And this is the kind used in my Vitamin K2 formula.

    Vitamin K3 is a synthetic form of the vitamin that I recommend you strictly avoid. And vitamin K1 is prominent in green leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, broccoli, and spinach, however, you typically can only absorb about 10 percent.

  4. 4. Does Dr. Mercola's Vitamin K2 come directly from natto?

    Yes, our vitamin K2 is derived directly from chickpeas that have been fermented with bacillus subtilis natto.

  5. 5. Can I take too much Vitamin K2?

    Unlike nearly all supplements, researchers have yet to find a dose of vitamin K2 that is associated with toxicity. There are no known side effects of vitamin K2. Be sure to take vitamin D and calcium with vitamin K2 for optimal benefits.

    My Vitamin K2 is not intended for those individuals taking anti-coagulant drugs such as Warfarin and Coumadin.

  • If you have blood coagulation condition or are taking anticoagulants such as Warfarin (Coumadin®), do not use Vitamin K2.
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