So here we are in Australia, with the highest incidence of skin cancer and for years we’ve been told that we need to stay out of the sun. It’s a warning we heed, slip-slop-slapping… and then we find out we’re Vitamin D deficient. Great! Don’t worry, help is at hand. While the scientists are debating the positive and negative effects of solar UV exposure and Vitamin D absorption, we’ve cracked on and developed this little beauty which comes packed with a Vitamin K punch.
Vitamin D and K2 work together in the body to help you absorb calcium and transport it through the blood to where it really needs to be. This double act can help to protect against stiff arteries, weak teeth, joint pain, and - critically for post-menopausal women - bone loss. Regular supplementation is one of the best ways to ensure that you meet your requirements and maintain a healthy lifestyle without increasing your risk of skin cancer. Vitamin D can also help to promote hormone balance because it communicates with other hormones and maintains healthy levels of estrogen.
WHAT’S IN IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
Vitamin K2 is an antioxidant that is naturally present in small quantities in organ meats, dairy, and fermented foods. You have probably heard of it as the injection babies are given at birth so that their young bodies can stimulate blood clotting if required. Research suggests it can also aid in heart health by preventing calcium from building up in your artery walls, and then directing it into the bones where it belongs. Most people get enough of this vitamin from their diet. However, if sauerkraut, kimchi, and offal are not high on your list of desirable foods, and you know you’re Vitamin D deficient, Vitamin K could the thing for you because it comes into its own supporting Vitamin D absorption.
Vitamin D3 is a hormone-like nutrient that your body makes when skin is in the sun. Over 40% of people in the world are deficient in Vitamin D, which can result in poor liver or kidney health because it’s activated in these internal organs. You may also be low in Vitamin D because you simply do not get enough sunshine, or you live in the Northern Hemisphere. Low levels of Vitamin D are linked to depression, osteoporosis, bone pain, high blood pressure, lower back pain, and a weak immune system.
K2 + D3 = Perfect Pair. One of the main functions of Vitamin D is to help your body absorb calcium and metabolise it from the foods that you eat. Vitamin K2 works synergistically with Vitamin D to direct calcium around the body where it needs to be. Put together these two nutrients are also very important when it comes to:
• regulating your blood pressure and protecting you against heart attacks and strokes.
• aiding bone strength by reducing bone loss in postmenopausal women
• promoting hormone balance by maintaining healthy levels of estrogen
• reducing joint inflammation and joint pain
• boosting the immune system by regulating inflammatory cytokines.
MCT Oil is a great source of healthy fats that can help improve sports performance, cognitive ability, weight management, gut, and heart health. MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides and the oil’s main property is the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K, making it perfect for this product.