Vitamin K2, not to be confused with the mountain of the same name, is a mighty nutrient that is less well known than other vitamins. It plays a vital role in a variety of bodily functions, especially supporting bone health. Yet, unlike for Vitamin K1 which is more readily found in food, many people are deficient in Vitamin K2 and this appears to have a link to COVID-19. So, let’s explore the benefits and sources of this lesser spotted vitamin.
Technically known as menaquinone, Vitamin K2 helps proteins in the body to bind calcium, which in turn is vital in blood clotting, strengthening of bones and other processes. But enough of the heavy science, what does it mean for our everyday health, especially for people living with chronic illness?
The evidence supporting Vitamin K2’s importance in bone health is very strong and strong bones are fundamental to our wellbeing. Just as a house cannot survive without strong foundations, we rely on our bones to, literally, support our every movement. Arguably the most rigorous examination of nutrient claims is conducted by the EU and they unequivocally state that “Vitamin K2 contributes to maintenance of normal bones.”