Health benefits of Vitamin K2
Vitamin K2 prevents urolithiasis by preventing calcification of capillaries in the kidney, and improves renal blood vessel function and glomerular filtration ability. Vascular calcification is reduced and it can help reduce the cardiovascular mortality rate in hemodialysis patients.
Amyloid-β, the cause of Alzheimer's, forms plaques in brain cells and destroys brain neurons. Several recent studies have confirmed that vitamin K2 can protect cells from amyloid-β (Aβ). (Shu-Hsiang Huang, Sheng-Ting Fang and Yi-Cheng Chen, Molecular Mechanism of Vitamin K2 Protection against Amyloid-β-Induced Cytotoxicity Biomolecules 2021, 11(3), 423).
That is, it can prevent Alzheimer's and dementia by protecting brain cells from amyloid-β. In addition, vitamin K2 can help prevent cerebral blood vessel calcification and prevent stroke such as cerebral infarction, and cerebral hemorrhage and vascular dementia.
Vitamin K2 can inhibit leukemia and the proliferation of various cancer cells in the liver, large and small intestine, lung, and prostate. In 2010, the American Journal of Nutrition found that people who took vitamin K2 had a 62% lower risk of lung cancer and a 35% lower risk of prostate cancer. It can also help prevent breast cancer by preventing calcification of the breast.
When osteocalcin, a vitamin K2-dependent protein, is activated, insulin sensitivity is increased. In other words, it can help prevent diabetes by improving insulin resistance and normalizing insulin secretion.