Wow; I just learnt something interesting so had to share: did you know about the importance of vitamin K2…? I had vaguely been aware of it; in fact I think friends have even recommend it – but I’m terrible that way: if I don’t fully understand something then all the people in the world can recommend it to me but the information literally doesn’t stay in my brain… must rectify this… Anyway…
You probably already know how important Vitamin D is; especially if you live somewhere that’s lacking in sunshine, and *especially* if you’re diabetic (I so should be living somewhere hot!) – I have been supplementing Vitamin D for about two years now – and really upped my dose/quality of supplements when I was diagnosed – and I believe it’s helped with lots of aspects of my health and wellbeing.
However, what I *didn’t* know, is that K2 is pretty essential to take alongside Vitamin D. This article explains in a lot more detail about why, but here’s the key part for me below – and you too if you’re diabetic and/or vegan:
How Can You Tell if You’re Lacking in Vitamin K2?
There’s no way to test for vitamin K2 deficiency. But by assessing your diet and lifestyle, you can get an idea of whether or not you may be lacking in this critical nutrient. If you have any of the following health conditions, you’re likely deficient in vitamin K2 as they are all connected to K2:
- Do you have osteoporosis?
- Do you have heart disease?
- Do you have diabetes?
If you do not have any of those health conditions, but do NOT regularly eat high amounts of the following foods, then your likelihood of being vitamin K2 deficient is still very high:
- Grass-fed organic animal products (i.e. eggs, butter, dairy)
- Certain fermented foods such as natto, or vegetables fermented using a starter culture of vitamin K2-producing bacteria. Please note that most fermented vegetables are not really high in vitamin K2 and come in at about 50 mcg per serving. However, if specific starter cultures are used they can have ten times as much, or 500 mcg per serving.
- Goose liver pâté
- Certain cheeses such as Brie and Gouda (these two are particularly high in K2, containing about 75 mcg per ounce)
“An important thing to mention when it comes to cheese (because this becomes an area of confusion), [is that] because cheese is a bacterial derived form of vitamin K2, it actually doesn’t matter if the cheese came from grass-fed milk. That would be nice, but it’s not the milk that went into the cheese that makes the K2. It’s the bacteria making the cheese, which means it doesn’t matter if you’re importing your brie from France or getting it domestically. Brie cheese, the bacteria that makes brie cheese, will make vitamin K2,” she says.
Fermented vegetables, which are one of my new passions, primarily for supplying beneficial bacteria back into our gut, can be a great source of vitamin K if you ferment your own using the proper starter culture. We recently had samples of high-quality fermented organic vegetables made with our specific starter culture tested, and were shocked to discover that not only does a typical serving of about two to three ounces contain about 10 trillion beneficial bacteria, but it also contained 500 mcg of vitamin K2.
Note that not every strain of bacteria makes K2. For example, most yoghurts have almost no vitamin K2. Certain types of cheeses are very high in K2, and others are not. It really depends on the specific bacteria. You can’t assume that any fermented food will be high in K2, but some fermented foods are very high in K2, such as natto. Others, such as miso and tempeh, are not high n K2.
… so… I *never* eat dairy, almost never eat eggs, and definitely never ever eat/en goose liver pate… I do eat raw sauerkraut on occasion; but mostly in the summer with salads – and as the vegetables thing is a little wishy washy, I’m not entirely convinced I get K2 from that source either.
– though, better to find out this information now; than never… :-)
So, that’s another supplement to add to the list… As soon as I’ve posted this, am researching a good supplement and adding it in asap – will let you know if I spot any difference.
In the meantime, have any of you dear sweet peeps had any experiences with K2…?
As ever, would love to hear from you… xo