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“Vitamin K2 maybe the missing link between diet and several chronic diseases.”
My latest podcast (out tonight) with Dr Jackie Montefiore sante.medical was hugely educational around women’s health.
We spent a lot of time chatting about the ‘low fat era’ and the potential damage that has been done - particularly in women’s health.
Interestingly when low fat became dogma, it was widely acknowledged that there was very little science behind it. But it was reasoned that there was little harm in it, so it all went ahead (see Nina Teicholz ninateicholz book The Big Fat Surprise to learn more about all this)
But recent research has shown that a lack of natural fats in the diet has actually led to harm, especially a deficiency in Vitamin K2. And as I said above, K2 is super important for our health.
What are the functions of K2?
* an essential nutrient for blood clotting
* Activated proteins that plays a role in calcium metabolism and heat health
* May reduce risk of liver cancer and prostate cancer
This Vitamin basically keeps the calcium where it is supposed to be in our body, which is in our bones and teeth.
If we don’t have enough of it, calcium leeches from our bones and ends up in our arteries increasing our risk of both osteoporosis (brittle bones) and coronary heart disease (from the build up of calcium in our arteries)
The body has some ability to make K2, but this process appears to be inefficient. Thus food sources are important.
* high fat dairy from grass fed cows
* Egg yolks (yes no more egg white omelettes please 🤮)
* Organ meats
This Vitamin is fat soluble - which means low fat and lean animal products don’t contain much of it.
This is why 30-40 years of being told to eat low fat really has had some consequences, much of which we are starting to see now.