Immune deficiencies have a huge impact on the risk of developing Breast Cancer. A simple home based Blood Spot Test can determine if you are deficient in Vitamin D, a critical component of optimal health. Most women I have tested are very deficient and thus they begin a regimen of Vitamin D3 supplementation.
However, the use of Vitamin D3 also requires the supplementation of Vitamin K2. According to a Dr. Mercola news article, taking Vitamin D by itself may be problematic unless you are getting enough Vitamin K. According to Dr. R. Bleue, “When you take vitamin D, your body creates more of these vitamin K2-dependent proteins, the proteins that will move the calcium around. They have a lot of potential health benefits. But until the K2 comes in to activate those proteins, those benefits aren’t realized. So, really, if you’re taking vitamin D, you’re creating an increased demand for K2. And vitamin D and K2 work together to strengthen your bones and improve your heart health.”
Vitamin K1 is found in dark green vegetables like spinach and Kale as well as in avocados. (hooray for green smoothies) Vitamin K2 is manufactured in our intestines, IF you have a healthy flora of bacteria in your gut. (Hooray for probiotics and fermented foods)
Interestingly, Dr. Weston Price, a very progressive dentist who lived in the early 1900’s, discovered this “X Factor”, (Vitamin K), that had remarkable abilities to help the body utilize and absorb minerals. Because of the industrialization of agriculture, the dietary intake of Vitamin K virtually disappeared. Grass fed meats, their butter fat and organs, were replaced with commercialized meat mills feeding animals grains, hormones and antibiotics, instead of grass.
Fortunately, Vitamin K is making a comeback and the health benefits are being re-introduced.
Here are a few of the benefits of Vitamin K:
Proper blood clotting factors
Healthy bone metabolism
Helps transport calcium out of the soft tissues, like the arteries
A 26% reduction in all-cause mortality
A 57% reduction in Coronary Artery disease
Improves the body’s use of insulin
Depending on your personal Vitamin D blood levels, “The latest vitamin D dosing recommendations, which call for about 8,000 IU’s of vitamin D3 per day if you’re an adult, means you’d need in the neighborhood of 800 to 1,000 micrograms (0.8 to 1 milligram/mg) of vitamin K2.
Be proactive with prevention by making sure that you are getting enough Vitamin D as well as K.