Most diets in the west are deficient in K2 Vitamins. These are available as a supplement and are present in a number of soft cheeses and in Natto a fermented soyabean food from Japan (available in eastern supermarkets).
Beneficial Effects of the Dietary K2 Vitamins.
• They reverse arterial calcification in animals previously treated with warfarin to induce calcification.
• They improve the elasticity of blood vessel walls.
• They may promote brain function by decalcifying the blood vessels of the brain. This has potential in the treatment of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
• They prevent bone loss in glucocorticoid-treated patients, and post-menopausal women. Simultaneous administration of vitamin D3 further enhances this effect.
• The risk of CVD is reduced by reducing coronary artery calcification. Note that this effect was not demonstrated in studies with K1.
• Both in vivo and in vitro studies have demonstrated the anti-cancer effects of the K2 vitamins. A wide variety of cancer cell types are growth-suppressed or destroyed by K2 vitamins. Several studies with leukemic patients on MK-4 treatment yielded complete cytogenetic remission. A Japanese trial with liver cancer patients showed significant improvement in survival with doses of 45mg/day of oral K2. This dose is almost 1000 times the UK RDA and may explain why vitamin K2 therapy is not more widespread in the USA and Europe.
Wasn’t quite sure in which section to ask this question.
If the evidence which you have collated is out there, I am interested to know why do you think the NHS recommends a diet high in complex carbohydrate; low in fat, specifically the use of low-fat spreads; the use of artificial sweeteners; et c?
Thank you, Andrew
I don’t know which nutritional ‘experts’ are currently advising the NHS but they are living in the past. Flawed research early in the twentieth century, like feeding animal fat and cholesterol to rabbits to induce atherosclerotic plaques, panicked the US govt who commissioned Senator George McGovern to prepare govt guidelines on healthy eating-The McGovern Report. The major food frying outlets were persuaded to switch from animal fats to vegetable oils for frying, leading to a large intake of the toxic trans fats.The low fat industry took off with fat being largely replaced with refined sugar in many products. Aspartame with its well known toxic side effects replaced sugar in soft drinks. The result of these ‘healthy changes’ was a steep increase in the incidence of obesity and Type2 Diabetes. I fail to understand how the NHS can still be adhering to these flawed guidelines. Perhaps the older generation of the medical profession who weren’t taught nutrition and precious little biochemistry at university, are unable to understand the scientific basis for the current problems in nutrition.
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