Vitamin K2 is a newly discovered essential vitamin that is building a significant body of clinical evidence demonstrating its crucial significance in the fight against the most common and devastating diseases of our time: osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. These conditions contribute to difficulties in the functioning of society and are the most common cause of death worldwide, and both can be linked to a deficiency in vitamin K2. Part of the K family of vitamins, vitamin K2 is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps the body efficiently utilize calcium. By activating different K-dependent proteins, it directs calcium toward bones and away from the arteries.
UNDER BONE HEALTH:
Research also showed that vitamin K2 – but not K1– combined with calcium and vitamin D can decrease bone turnover.7 Moreover, a significant study clearly demonstrated that vitamin K2 is essential for maintaining bone strength in postmenopausal women, and also improved bone mineral content and femoral neck width.8
The function of K vitamins is unique among other vitamins. While K vitamins are mainly known for blood-clotting activity, it is now recognized that vitamin K2 is essential for the body to optimally utilize calcium, which is necessary to build healthy, strong bones and inhibit calcium deposits in the arteries, leading to improved cardiovascular health.
Avocado Salad with Tomatoes
Gently mix the tomatoes, avocados, onions, arugula, and half of the vinaigrette in a large bowl. Check for seasoning and add more vinaigrette, if needed. Sprinkle the cumin and cilantro over the top and serve immediately.
Vinaigrette:Whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, honey, cumin, and cilantro in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the oils until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Do not use a blender to make this vinaigrette.
Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 25 min
Yield: 4 servings