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Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life

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The secret to avoiding calcium-related osteoporosis and atherosclerosis While millions of people take calcium and Vitamin D supplements thinking they're helping their bones, the truth is, without the addition of Vitamin K2, such a health regimen could prove dangerous. Without Vitamin K2, the body cannot direct calcium to the bones where it's needed; instead, the calcium re ...more
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Published November 7th 2011 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1st 2011)
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Julie Campbell Great book, it's a perfect vitamin guide. If you know nothing about supplements benefits, I highly recommend reading this book. Also, I can recommend …moreGreat book, it's a perfect vitamin guide. If you know nothing about supplements benefits, I highly recommend reading this book. Also, I can recommend a good online pharmacy where I always buy all the medications, check it out

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Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book will be of most interest to those with a family history of heart disease but those taking vitamin D and/or calcium supplements will benefit also.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Did you know that if you live in the U.S. you are most likely deficient in a rather obscure, but extremely important vitamin called menaquinone, also known as vitamin K2? Well it’s true, and author Kate Rhéaume-Bleue has the data to prove it in her very informative book Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox.

Why is vitamin K2 (not to be confused with vitamin K1) so important? Well for one thing it helps get calcium to your bones. You may have heard in the news that calcium supplements cause heart at
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
several years ago a group of MS friends and I began investigating the value of vitamin D 3 supplementation in an effort to relieve MS symptoms, and improve our general health and well-being.

In the process of our collective research, we also discovered that a little-known supplement, vitamin K 2, is absolutely critical for proper utilization of vitamin D 3.

There is also a close relationship between these two nutrients and calcium.

If you have been paying attention, the rate of cardiovascular disea
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Within the span of a few weeks, I first saw the fermented bean product natto used as an ingredient in a cooking competition on television. Then I read an interesting article on vitamins K1 and K2 which briefly alluded to the "X factor" research, and identified natto as the highest food source of vitamin K2. Finally I saw this book on prominent display in my local health food store. So I feel I was destined to read it.

I was already aware of the benefits of pastured (grass-fed) beef for getting th
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is amazing information. I think everyone should read this book, that is if they are interested in not dying an early death from cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, osteoporosis ( yes people die from this after falling) diabetes and other common diseases of the modern world. Prevention or cure from a vitamin sounds like a pipe dream or worse, quackery, right? Well, our bodies require certain essential vitamins to be in our diets because our bodies are not able to synthesize them. But what if ...more
Michael Hyatt
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Critically Important Vitamin I Knew Nothing About

Before reading this book, I knew nothing about Vitamin K, let alone the distinction between K1 and K2. A friend recommended this book when I shared with him that I had received a high Cardiac Calcium Scan Score.

Essentially K2 enables your body to store calcium in your bones (where you need it) rather than in your tissues (where you don’t). In fact, not only can K2 prevent heart disease. It can actually reverse it. The author presents compelling
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An eloquent argument for K2 supplementation for just about everyone. I've ordered my first bottle of it and - because of this book - I was able to choose from the myriad formulations with confidence. A must-read for anyone who has a beating heart and wants to keep it that way as long as possible. There's just one thing I wish the author had included: a chart with optimum dosing of K2, A, D3 and E. ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by a doctor friend who asked me why I was taking calcium/magnesium/vitamin D without taking Vitamin K2. I had never heard of Vitamin K2. She purchased Rheamue-Bleue's book for me and I am so glad she did. I didn't realize that without Vitamin K2 calcium goes directly into the bloodstream and ultimately clogs the arteries. Vitamin K2 directs calcium to the bones, where it belongs. Also, Vitamin K2 requires Vitamin A and Vitamin D to work properly. This book explains all ...more
Barbara M
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent review of the inter-relationships between vitamin K2, Vitamin D, calcium and Vitamin A written by a medical doctor.

I did not know that grass fed butter, dairy products, eggs and meats contain K2 and that non-grass fed products have little or no K2. Gouda and brie cheeses are high in K2 which is something I would enjoy eating. There is also a Japanese delicacy called nano which has the highest K2 of any food. It was mentioned repeatedly that it is rather repugnant to Western tastes -
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent information. I expected redundant information because I have read so many books on nutrition. Not so. I recommend it for anyone that has heart disease in their family.
Marion Husband
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting, everyone should read this just to be better informed re diet and calcium, then make a decision about whether or not to supplement with K2
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an accessible account of contemporary research (from ~2006) about the merits of taking vitamin K2. Dr Rhéaume-Bleue starts off assuming that people are already aware of and taking the currently popular vitamin D (whether through sunshine, diet, or supplement), and shows how K2 makes D more effective and prevents vitamin D toxicity. This is the best and most persuasive part of the book.

While you can get the information piecemeal elsewhere, especially in the writings of Dr Chris Masterjohn
irene Hayden
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read if your supplementing with vitamin D and or Calcium.

I found this book to be incredibly informative and possibly life saving, especially if your taking D or calcium supplements. I feel the downside of this book was that the critical information that was given needed a lot more guidance. The supplements advised to take together is critical to protect arteries from plaque was very informative. But, no advisable dosages were given. Clearly it was understood that the recommended dosages w
James Hyland
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A struggle to put it down!

This comprehensive study read like an action-adventure novel. The writer speaks with a clear and engaging voice, and her command of
the subject presented throughout. I discovered material concerning D3-K2-A that I've not heard of anywhere else. She also provided insightful context. This book is a must have for anyone interested in improving their health and diminishing their chances of acquiring
degenerative diseases waiting for so many of us these days. Incredibly well
John Min
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is also a life saving book, one every health conscious person NEEDS to read. Vitamin K2 is so important for health and longevity and yet it's role in human physiology was only (re)discovered in 1996. So most MD's still know nothing about this vitamin, a vitamin that can reverse calcified and hardened arteries. MD's are still pushing statin drugs instead of real food and essential nutrients like this, vitamin K2. A great and surprising read, I make sure I get my K2 every day in the Mk7 form ...more
Devesh Dahale
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
An exceptionally well researched book! The book opened my eyes to the importance of three important vitamins K2, A and D. and about how a good balance between these three vitamins is the key to vitality. The author has a very sound background of nutrition and does a fantastic job of explaining the connection between disease and these three viral vitamins. My only critique would be that the book is a bit drawn out and could be condensed to potentially 3/4th of its current size. Nevertheless, a gr ...more
Rachel Whiteman
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vitamin K2 is a key nutrient that we all need to be aware of and make sure that we get enough of! Vitamin K2 works with calcium and vitamin D to strengthen bones and keep arteries clear of blockages. I can’t believe we have overlooked it for this long. Thankfully this book is here to tell us all about it! An important read for everyone who wants to improve their own health, and for anyone involved in public health policy making, epidemiology and science of nutrition and health.

Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found the book intriguing and helpful in my studies of osteoporosis and heart health. The book can be a little repetitive. I think it is because the chapters don't necessarily need to be read in order. ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Better than other paleo diet for better teeth books as it backs it up with more than just Weston A Price's research. That being said, recommendation wise it doesn't bring much novelty other than stressing the importance of K2,A and D. ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative.

Recommend this book to anyone who is seriously interested in their health. It is presented in a format that is both informative and interesting.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a "must read." Absolutely crucial information. ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well written and informative. I had never heard of K2 and its part in calcium absorption, etc. A must read for everyone.
kirstan Young
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intesting and informative
Ali Minasian
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew about Vitamin K, but I had no idea about the difference between K1 and K2 (and how important Vitamin K2 is).
Lance Edwards
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely essential read for anyone interested in their health,
Mrs HMR Beech
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Important book to read

If you have Osteopenia or Osteoporosis you should read this book. It will open your eyes to the vital importance of Vitamin K2
Chris Atkins
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read

This book is one of a number I have recently read regarding natural ways to stay healthy.
It gives a lot of useful and interesting information and we have now changed the milk and butter we buy and looking at ways to improve our K2, D3 and A intake. A brilliant book .
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is amazing information. I think everyone should read this book
Interesting information, I just skimmed though, lots of info in this book though!
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent review of the importance of vitamin K2

It is fascinating how such an important vitamin, K2, few have heard of, is so vital to one's health. Without this vitamin bones can become brittle, calcium builds up in arteries, dental problems ensue, etc. The author does a fine job explaining how K2 works synergistically with vitamins A and D to ensure calcium is absorbed from foods and is utilized by the body in a healthful way.

However the author speaks little of recommended dosages of vitamins
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