New study reports vitamin D ineffective in improving bone density and bone … – The Raw Food World News
Recent research has stressed the importance of Vitamin D for our health. Vitamin D deficiency is widespread and becoming better understood. Many people are investing in high quality Vitamin D supplements, especially when the season changed into shorter and colder days.
A new study from University of Wisconsin may add confusion to the already existing research. The study reports that Vitamin D supplementation may be ineffective in improving bone density and bone strength in postmenopausal women. Researchers completed a randomized trial that included 230 women. These women were divided into three groups, the first group receiving 800 units of Vitamin D daily, the second group received 50,000 units twice a month, and the third group received placebo pills. (1)
New study reports vitamin D ineffective in improving bone density and bone strength in postmenopausal women
For decades, it has been well known that vitamin D improves bone development due to calcium absorption. But University of Wisconsin missed the vital component of vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 directs the calcium into the skeletal system and prevents calcium from building up in the organs, joint spaces and arteries.(2)
Vitamin K2 activates osteocalcin, which is needed in order to bind calcium to the matrix of your bone. Without vitamin K2, the calcium has no direction and often time ends up being deposited in unwanted spaces. (2)
Without vitamin K2, the calcium is being absorbed by the vitamin D, and may actually be working against you instead of for you! (2)
A similar study completed by the University of Wisconsin was completed in Japan. For the study, researchers examined the effects of Vitamin K2 in preventing bone loss in postmenopausal women. The study was a randomized double blind-controlled trial. Participants were divided into two groups; one received supplementation and the other received a placebo. Researchers then observed the osteocalcin concentrations in the supplement group. The study showed that the osteocalcin concentrations increased significantly at the second and fourth week of the study, in comparison to the participants’ baseline. These results were not noticed in the placebo group. The study recommends that postmenopausal women supplement with vitamin K2 to prevent bone loss. (3)
A different study shows vitamin K2 significantly increases osteocalcin concentrations in postmenopausal women and is effective in preventing bone loss!
It is also important to recognize that dense bones do not necessarily indicate that these bones are strong. Osteoporosis is a great concern for menopausal women. Often times, a DEXA scan is administered to measure bone density. Medications that build bone density such as, Fosamax, have failed at preventing osteoporosis because bone density does not mean the bones are strong. (2)
Bones are made of a collagen matrix that gives your bones flexibility. The minerals that compile your skeletal structure make your bones rigid and strong, but the collagen provides flexibility that prevents bones from being brittle. (2)
Collagen prevents bones from becoming brittle, thereby, making your bones strong!
If you want to protect your bones as your grow older, invest in a good collagen supplement, exercising, using nutritional therapies and don’t forget your vitamin K2 and vitamin D as must-have bone density supplements! (2)