Vitamin K is an essential vitamin that has many benefits around the body including bone health and has even been used in treating certain types of cancers. It plays many roles in keeping our hearts healthy and makes our February supplement focus list. The benefits of Vitamin K on heart health includes:
•Decreased risk of heart disease
•Normal blood clotting
•Decreased calcification (plaque buildup) in arteries
•Decreased arterial stiffness (thickening of walls)
•Decreased risk for diabetes and coronary artery disease
Vitamin K helps direct calcium to the bones where it is needed instead of the walls of
our blood vessels. This is very important to heart health because as we age, calcium
deposits in the arteries become more common.
When too much calcium builds up in the blood vessels they become stiff, making it harder for the heart to pump blood through the body. In addition, vitamin K also helps us reduce and control our blood sugar levels.
An important note with Vitamin K is the role it plays in blood clotting. While this is ideal for most people, it can interfere with blood thinners. Increasing Vitamin K intake while on these medications will decrease their effectiveness. It is particularly important to talk to your doctor before adding more supplemental Vitamin K into your regimen. Ensure that it is right for you. Vitamin K can be a great supplement for your overall health and the health of your heart!
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Michael has been working with clients in the gym and countless adults in a physical therapy setting since 2013. He spent 3 semesters working at Towson University with student-athletes from nearly every sport at the school. He served as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Kennard-Dale High School during the 2019-2020 school year. His goal is to always get better and give you the safest and most effective use of your time at First Capital Gym.