The Calcium Paradox (calcification of the arteries)

Jan 7, 2014
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What do bone fractures and cardiovascular diseases issues have in common?
Vitamin K2 deficiency is often unrecognized in a large part of a healthy population because it is not typically measured. Today, it is less common to consume fermented foods and to shun away bacteria. A grave deficiency can be related to the interaction of various factors, such as medications (coumadin or and/or antibiotics) or disruption of intestinal absorption or production.

When calcium starts to overrun the vascular terrain, it is simultaneously absent from bone. This phenomenon is best known as the calcium paradox. The primary factor that causes this curious thing to occur is lack of a certain vitamin, one that receives little recognition – Vitamin K2.

How Vitamin K2 Influences Health
Vitamin K2 is necessary for the function of several proteins that make up the structure of arterial wall, the skeletal system and teeth. The most interesting however, is its role in preventing calcification of the vascular system. Inhibiting vascular integration of calcification and arteries, as well as the regulation of calcium deposition in the bone. [1]

Vitamin K2 deficiency is involved in the development of vascular calcification and osteoporosis. Thus far supplementation of vitamin K2 seems promising to help avert these conditions. In fact, supplementation of vitamin K2 seems to offer more than just bone disease and arterial health protection.

Vitamin K2 Deficiency & Soft Tissue Calcification
Vitamin K2 can help protect against the loss of elasticity. Just as importantly, it can reverse, not just prevent accumulation of calcium build-up on the arterial wall. Many diseases manifest when calcium accumulates, especially in a matrix with bacteria and toxic metals. In clinical practice, those treating cancer and heart disease will obtain the best results by improving the body’s ability to regulate calcium, remove heavy metals and to negate pathogenic microbes. [2]

One of the consequences of unmitigated inflammation is building arterial walls of extra collagen, which causes hardened arteries and elevated blood pressure. It makes the arteries less flexible. Both hardened collagen deposits and calcification create a harbinger of ruin, which can be largely prevented and treated with vitamin K2. [3], [4]

Millions of Physicians Contributing to Calcium Build-Up
The standard of care “treatment” for some common cardiovascular conditions that encourage the use of blood thinners, frequently use rat poison. That’s right, I stated, rat poison, better known as coumadin or warfarin. It thins the blood by blocking the actions of vitamin K’s ability to coagulate the blood. Unfortunately, at the cost of thinning the blood, this drug rapidly causes excessive calcium build-up in soft tissue and the arteries. Quite a paradox if you ask me, especially considering that calcium build-up is the major cause of a heart attack. [5]

The idea here with using this drug is to ward off the risk of strokes, embolisms, and heart attacks. However, unknown to many practicing physicians, vitamin K helps protect the blood from excess clotting as well as excess bleeding. In other words, it regulates the coagulation of the blood.

If one were to take coumadin or warfarin, it can be less fatal taking it along with extra vitamin K. Research clearly shows that that INR (International Normalized Ratio) levels are more stabilized with extra vitamin K during warfarin “therapy.” [6], [7]

Magnesium Deficiency is Associated with Coronary Artery Calcification
Saving one of the most important and basic factors for last, it would behoove anyone to make certain they are getting enough magnesium.
In both animal and cell studies, magnesium has been shown to prevent calcification within atherosclerotic plaques underlying cardiovascular disease. The role of magnesium was recently determined in a large human population study, where the rubber meets the road as they say and the results?

Magnesium intake was found to be inversely associated with arterial calcification. [8]

Magnesium Deficiency is Commonplace
It is estimated that nearly 7 out of 10 people are deficient in magnesium. It is unfortunate that sales and marketing have convinced most people wary of cardiovascular disease to focus more on their cholesterol levels than how much magnesium they consume. Cholesterol has a much smaller role in heart disease than most people might imagine. [9].

The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 6 milligrams per kilogram per day. Do note that this estimate maybe too low for those with chronic or degenerative diseases. In fact, studies suggest the amount of magnesium needed maybe two to three times that amount.

Magnesium is available in different forms, with the weaker forms generally causing loose stools. If one is especially prone to loose stools on magnesium, it may exacerbate a deficiency. To minimize loose stools, take magnesium in amounts no greater than 200 mg per meal.

However, forms of magnesium such as magnesium glycinate, orotate or taurinate are absorbed well in much larger amounts.

Action to Take:
Consider taking Decalcify to enhance calcium regulation. Decalcify contains both high-potency forms of vitamin K2, as well as magnesium orotate.

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[2]. Adv Nutr. 2012 Mar 1;3(2):166-73. doi: 10.3945/an.111.001628
[3]. Hypertension. 2012 Aug;60(2):459-66.
[4]. Oncol Rep. 2009 Sep;22(3):599-604.
[5]. PLoS One. 2013 Dec 17;8(12):e82835.
[6]. Hitosugi, M, et al. (2006)
[7]. J Pharmacol Sci 99:247-251.
[8]. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1996;66(1):36-8.
[9]. J Am Coll Nutr. 2005 Jun 24(3):166-71.
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