Bone health is important, especially as we age. Studies show that after age 40, bone mass beginsto decline each year. For some people, particularly women, this decline can lead to the development of osteoporosis and increased risk of fractures.
So what can you do about it?
We’re taught as children that calcium builds strong bones, and by the time we are adults, most of us learn that Vitamin D also plays a role. For this reason, people often take both calcium and Vitamin D supplements together.
What many people don’t know about Vitamin D is that potent amounts of it has the potential to create cardiovascular issues in the long run if it is supplemented regularly for years without adequate levels of Vitamin K.
Vitamin K (particularly K2) is a crucial third-player in the supplement lineup for great bone health. It increases the effectiveness of your Vitamin D and Calcium supplements, and even more importantly, it protects your heart.
We Know Vitamin D is Essential for Strong Bones
Marketing gives calcium most of the credit for bone health (Got Milk, anyone?), but calcium alone isn’t as effective without Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is sometimes called the “Sunshine Vitamin” because our bodies produce it in response to sunlight on the skin. We can also get it from a variety of foods.
It plays a role in many bodily functions, including mood elevation. Many people take it periodically to make up for a lack of sunlight, or fill the gap when they know their nutrition isn't giving them what they need.
The reason that Vitamin D is so crucial for bone health is the way that it interacts with calcium...
Vitamin D works to absorb calcium from the digestive tract, as well as reclaim calcium excreted from the kidneys. This results in less calcium being eliminated, and increases the amount of usable calcium in the bloodstream.
Knowing that Vitamin D makes calcium more abundant, those who worry about their bone health frequently take high-potency Vitamin D supplements in addition to calcium supplements on a daily basis for years, but this could have some unintended consequences...
Too Much Of a Good Thing
While Vitamin D raises your amount of usable calcium, it doesn’t increase the movement of that calcium to your bones, where it is so useful.
Basically, when Vitamin D gives your body more calcium to use, it also increases the amount of calcium just floating around in your bloodstream. If that calcium isn’t properly delivered to the bones, it can contribute to buildup in the arteries over a long period of time.
This buildup is called coronary artery calcification (CAC), and it can have dangerous consequences in the long run.
This means it is possible to get too much calcium and Vitamin D if you aren't giving your body everything it needs to use them properly. So, if you want the benefits of Vitamin D, without that extra calcium ending up where it doesn't belong...
Add Vitamin K2 for Complete Bone and Cardiovascular Support
Adding Vitamin K to your bone health regimen lets you capitalize on the benefits of Vitamin D without the risk.
We’re specifically talking about Vitamin K2, which prevents calcium buildup in the arteries and works with Vitamin D to deliver more calcium to the bone.
Unlike Vitamin D, which we can get from the sun, Vitamin K can only be obtained through diet. On top of that, our bodies only store Vitamin K in small amounts, so it must be consumed every day to be sufficient.
The point? Well, chances are, if you’re not getting enough Vitamin D from your diet and the sun, you probably aren’t getting enough Vitamin K2, either. For effective, long-term bone support, these two supplements should ideally go hand-in-hand.
What if One Supplement Combined Everything We Need?
Knowing how calcium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K2 work together for bone strength, wouldn’t it be nice if you could just get all three from one supplement?
Well, we already thought of that!
At SMNutrition, we believe in giving you the safest, most complete nutritional supplements possible, while saving you as much money and hassle as we can. So, we made our D3-K2 supplementplus calcium with your bone health in mind.
This supplement contains everything you need for effective, long-term bone support, all in one place.