Osteoporosis is an ongoing and long-lasting bone condition that affects almost twice as many women than men aged 40 and over. Although everyone loses bone density when they are 35 or over, osteoporosis is much more than this basic loss of density.
It is a painful and uncomfortable problem made worse by the loss of estrogen after the menopause.
What is Vitamin K?
There are two types of Vitamin K, K2 is made in animals and K1 is made in plants. Scientists have discovered that K2 is found is high amounts in some organs and not in others. We are yet to find out exactly what role Vitamin K plays in the body (1).
The fact that scientists haven’t fully worked out exactly what role vitamin K plays demonstrates that it could well be useful for bone creation and osteoporosis prevention, as they have theorized.
They believe Vitamin K is used by the body to build bones by allowing calcium to bind and cause the formation of new bone.(1)
Does Vitamin K Work for Osteoporosis?
A recent study published in PLoS Medicine found that of 440 women who had the condition osteopenia (the osteoporosis precursor) and were given vitamin K, their rate of bone density loss was no less than the group of women who were given a placebo.
Although this seems to suggest Vitamin K is not helpful for treating this condition, far fewer women who were treated with vitamin K had fractures or cancer (2).
Researchers of the Nurses Health Study looked at a far greater amount of women( 72,000) over a longer period of time (10 years). They found that women with a low vitamin K intake were 30% more likely to fracture their hip than women with a high vitamin K intake (3).
In the Framingham Heart Study, people who took the highest amount of vitamin K were two-thirds less likely to get a fracture than those in the lowest intake group(4,5).
So the research conclusively proves that fracture chance is lower when vitamin K intake is higher, but it does not affect the rate of bone density loss.
How to Get More Vitamin K
You can get more vitamin K naturally in your diet by eating the following foods:
- olive oil
- leaf lettuce
Although the research suggests that vitamin K can have a positive impact on osteoporosis, you should remember that calcium was once though to do the same thing. The key is to bring together lots of vitamins and minerals and try to get them naturally in a well-balanced diet.
No vitamin in isolation is going to miraculously cure your osteoporosis.
If you are looking for a way to naturally treat your osteoporosis, or help someone you know who has this condition, a good eBook exists called “How to reverse osteoporosis now”. This downloadable book contains easy to follow steps to reverse osteoporosis naturally, without harsh drugs and side effects.
(1) Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin K
(2) PLoS: Vitamin K Supplementation in Postmenopausal Women with Osteopenia: a Randomized Controlled Trial
(3) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Vitamin K Intake and Hip Fractures in Women: A Prospective Study
(4) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Dietary Vitamin K Intakes are Associated with Hip Fracture But Not with Bone Mineral Density in Elderly Men and Women
(5) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: vitamin K Intake and Bone Mineral Density in Women and Men