Vitamin K and Coumadin
My campaign to make heart disease a thing of the past is rooted in an ongoing quest to stabilize and root out the calcified plaque that chokes our arteries.
For decades conventional medicine has relied on invasive procedures to unclog our arterial highways but, as most people with cardiovascular problems know, this has been met with very limited success.
That’s why I’m so excited about vitamin K2. K2 gets calcium in the bones, where you want it, and out of your arterial walls, where you certainly don’t want it. Thus, K2 is crucial for both bone and arterial health and is a godsend for individuals with blood circulation problems and other heart risk factors.
Coumadin, the popular blood thinning drug once also thought to be a godsend, works against vitamin K. Researchers suggest that Coumadin inhibits the K2-dependent MGP protein system that keeps calcium out of arterial walls. Thus, Coumadin may actually encourage cardiovascular calcification as an adverse side effect.
As you might imagine, this dilemma has many doctors and holistic health practitioners concerned and our patients with cardiovascular concerns aren’t sure of exactly what to do.
What Should You Do?
If you are taking Coumadin, don’t use any form of vitamin K2 supplement, as it might neutralize the effect of the drug.
On the other hand, vitamin K is critical for your bone and arterial health. Because of this, I tell all of my patients with cardiovascular problems to eat some green leafy vegetables and try to add some cheese and natto (if they can get it) to their diets to get some natural vitamin K. I don’t want them to become vitamin K deficient. I can always adjust their Coumadin level if necessary.
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