Easy: Less Risk of Stroke, Heart Attack
Here’s a story about Matrix GLA Protein.
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Stroke and heart attacks happen when your arteries get stiff. You’ve heard of “hardening of the arteries,” right? This condition also leads to high blood pressure.
If you can keep your arteries flexible and elastic, you will benefit in many ways, especially with much less risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Calcium deposits in your arteries cause stiffening
If you could have less calcium mucking up your arteries, they would stay much more flexible and elastic.
Here’s where the Matrix GLA Protein (MGP) comes in.
A 2020 paper from NIH (National Institute of Health) says, “Numerous studies have confirmed that MGP acts as a calcification-inhibitor…” This paper explains that MGP inhibits calcium-phosphate from precipitating into the arterial walls in several different ways.
MGP comes from Vitamin K2
Studies show that a high dose of Vitamin K2 not only stopped further calcium accumulation in the arteries but reduced the deposits by 53% in 12 weeks.
So, if your doctor agrees, add K2 to your regimen to have a healthy cardiovascular system.
Here’s what else you should do to have a healthy heart:
- Cardiovascular exercises
- Low-carb diet
- Stress-reducing techniques (relaxation)
- Flexibility exercises
Arterial calcification can begin as early as the teens and 20’s, showing up as a problem by age 30.
Read the article below, “How to Decrease Arterial Stiffness” for more information.
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How to Decrease Arterial Stiffness
Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., DACBN, MS, CFMP
Atherosclerosis is a disease of the arteries, leading to accumulations of fats cells and calcium deposits (i.e., plaques). It has been shown that people with a rapid increase in the amount of calcium deposits have a higher risk for stroke and heart attack than people with a decreased amount.
Vitamin K2 is associated with the inhibition of arterial calcification and arterial stiffening. An adequate intake of vitamin K2 has been shown to lower the risk of vascular damage because it activates matrix GLA protein (MGP), which inhibits the deposits of calcium on the walls
In the groups receiving high-dose vitamin K2 (MK-4), not only was there no further arterial calcium accumulation, there was a 37% reduction of previously accumulated arterial calcification after six weeks. After 12 weeks, there was a 53% reduction in accumulated arterial calcium deposits.
Medical peer-reviewed papers support considering adding vitamin K2 to a healthy lifestyle protocol (cardio/resistant exercise, Paleo-Diet, relaxation, flexibility exercises, etc.) to reverse the damaging effects of arterial calcification and arterial stiffening.
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