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“The good thing about calcification (if one can say that there is anything good about it) is that is can be measured and it is possible to do something about it.”

In a recent episode of Beyond Health Tips I talked about ‘Deadly Calcification’ and how important it was that you were able to determine the level of calcification that you have in your cardiovascular system which leads to hardening of the arteries. 

I explained that the only certain way that you have of determining the amount of Calcification is through a CAC scan, which stands for Coronary Artery Calcification.  

Calcification is a cause of heart disease

As I mentioned in an earlier video, there are five main causes of cardiovascular disease, of which calcification is one of them.  The good thing about calcification (if one can say that there is anything good about it) is that is can be measured and it is possible to do something about it. 

Now as you know I am not a scientist or a Doctor, but purely a common sense health researcher who looks at the causes of various conditions and investigates possible natural solutions.  With calcification you can measure it and you can do something about it, and that is what I am talking about today. 

You may also recollect that it was the calcification of my aortic heart valve which forced me to have urgent open heart surgery. 

It’s known as the “silent killer”

Because it was silent and I had no symptoms until the last moment it was too late for me to fix the calcification naturally.  If I had taken action a few years earlier with what I now know, I believe I could have avoided that surgery. 

I had my surgery in October 2018 and since then I have devoted my time to searching out a solution. 

This involved travelling around the world talking to cardiologists, bio-engineers, scientists and researchers.  I also read many papers on the subject, although I confess I get most of my information from the type of people whom I have just mentioned. 

I just don’t have the patience to spend days and days poring over dry scientific papers with so much gobbly gook that is difficult to understand.  Instead, I look for summaries of proven data from reliable and reputable sources. 

Calcification and Vitamin K2 MK-7

Well, lots really, but there was one thing that stood out beyond all else…and that was Vitamin K2 in the form of MK-7.  

This has quite a different action to that of Vitamin K1 or Vitamin K2 MK-4.   It is the only form that has very strong scientific data supporting its efficacy. It is able to move calcium out of soft tissues, including arteries, into the bones and teeth where it belongs. 

So, the ingestion of a Vitamin K2 MK-7 supplement should be a part of your regular supplement program. 

What brand of Vitamin K2 MK-7 should you use? 

There are so many. 

In May last year, I was at the Vitafood convention in Geneva, Switzerland. There were so many manufacturers promoting Vitamin K2 MK-7 that I lost count of them. 

Look at the research

The majority of them were from China, with a couple from Europe.  In my prior research I had found out that many of the K2 MK-7 products were not very effective. They often degraded quickly, particularly if they were combined with minerals. 

There was a study done in 2016 of 39 finished products using unprotected or natural-fermented K2 containing either Magnesium or Calcium. They were purchased from retailers in the EU, the USA, India and South Africa and tested for K2 MK-7 content and compared against label claim.

  • Around half of them missed label claim by 50% or more,
  • 20% contained less than 10% of label claims,
  • four products had no measurable K2,
  • and only 8% met or were close to label claims. 

In contrast, they also tested the protected microencapsulated K2 MK-7 products. They all met or were close to label claim. 

Put your trust in quality

There are only two manufacturers of MK-7 in the world that we would trust to provide the correct form of MK-7 that would deliver the results.  One was KappaBioscience  and the other NattoPharma. Interestingly they are both from Norway.  

I interviewed their top scientists and executives but decided that we would go with NattoPharma. We made this decision based on quality. For us, quality was more important than them being slightly more expensive than Kappa and a lot more expensive than the Chinese manufacturers.  NattoPharma are the people who did the majority of the clinical trials relating to MK-7 and their data is excellent. Both of these companies have an excellent product with a slightly different method of the microencapsulation process. 

The benefits of Vitamin K2 MK-7

This is an ingredient that you should be taking on a daily basis. It helps in two ways:

  • to avoid hardening of the arteries
  • to help reduce the build-up of calcification in your cardiovascular system. 

The suggested dose rate is 180mcgs a day. That said, I believe it is safe to take double that amount like I do.  Data is coming out which shows MK-7 does good things for your kidneys and is also helping dementia patients. More about that in a later episode. 

You can find a paper on Vit K MK7 on our website.  Also, on that same link you will find a copy of a video interview which I arranged. It features Ivor Cummins interviewing Dr Hogna Vik, the chief scientist at NattoPharma. 

There are lots of companies manufacturing supplements containing Vitamin K2 MK-7…just make sure you use the brand names of either of these two companies: MenaQ7 or K2VITAL. 

Check that the MenaQ7 is in the microencapsulated form. 

Hope you enjoy your research…talk soon.

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