Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) can affect any artery in the body. It is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke. This hardening damages fragile capillaries that nourish the tissues and organs. This loss of suppleness prevents the arteries from regulating blood flow and blood pressure. This stiffness can lead to organ damage; cognitive decline; dementia; liver disorders (especially non-alcoholic fatty liver); diabetes; kidney disease; heart disease and stroke.
The arteries consists of multi layers of walls capable of narrowing, (constricting) or widening (dilating) to the needs of the tissues and organs they supply. The mineral calcium can contribute to the hardening of the arteries. Calcium can get deposited in between these layers of the arteries. It is not that calcium is the bad guy it is just in the wrong place. We need calcium for strong bones, teeth, nerves and blood clotting.
There are nutrients that can slow or even prevent artery hardening such as Vitamin D3 and K2 (mk-7). Vitamin D3 can shuttle calcium to the bones and keep it out of the arteries. Another way to look at Vitamin D3’s role is that if D3 levels are low more calcium makes it to the arteries. Have your doctor check Vitamin D3 levels regularly. Vitamin K2 (mk-7) is not as well known, but it is essential in keeping calcium out of the arteries. Vitamin K2 (mk-7) modifies specific proteins in artery walls making them resistant to binding calcium, thereby, helping to prevent artery calcification or hardening of the arteries.
Vitamin D3 and K2 (mk-7) are intimately involved in how the body manages calcium. Specifically, by sending calcium to the bones and out of the arteries. Human clinical trials have shown these two nutrients reduce artery hardening. Use D3 and K2 (mk-7) for the health of your arteries.