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Vitamin K2 and your gut

PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:49 am
by ebmarnp
Hi OMS-ers,

I ran into something interesting recently and wanted to see if anyone can relate.

I recently had my Vitamin K2 checked and it was undetectable. Why does this matter? Vitamin K2 an essential vitamin for bone strength, heart health, among other things.:

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supp ... itamin-k#1

I was curious as to why my levels were so low, because I eat a lot of leafy greens, eggs, and sourkraut on the OMS diet as well as a daily probiotic. There should be no reason my K2 levels are so low. After I did more research I found out low Vitamin K2 a COMMON occurrence for people with MS!

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29500722/
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/artic ... ne.0203057

Even the OMS website talked about it:
https://overcomingms.org/latest/vitamin ... tamin-d-ms

And yet they aren't sure why this happens to patients with MS....malabsorption? Poor gut diversity?

My take away: I am going to start eating Natto, which is a Japanese food (fermented soybeans) that has the highest levels of K2. And I'm also going to start taking a second probiotic supplement that breaks foods down to make K2. (I already take VSL #3 but it doesn't have many different strains).

Has anyone else run into the problem of low K2? I am amazed my neurologist never mentioned it, as they have correlated low vitamin K2 to increase in relapses in MS patients. This should certainly be checked at the yearly appointment with the neurologist, along with vitamin D! :idea: