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A few more important points on Vitamin D

February 16, 2009


Over the past several newsletters I have shared many of the benefits of supplementing with vitamin D. I have discussed how it is not only beneficial but vital for our health. I have also mentioned the importance of balancing your D intake with vitamin A. Today I want to mention one more important balancing act that needs to come into play when balancing your vitamin D needs and that is vitamin K.

Vitamin K has some important sub-factors, today I will discuss briefly both K1 and K2. Vitamin K1 is found in most Green Leafy Vegetables such as Spinach, Swiss Chard, Cruciferous Vegetables and some fruits such as Avocados and Kiwi. Vitamin K2 is found in some animal proteins such as meat, eggs, dairy, and a fermented form of soy beans eaten largely by the Japanese called Natto. Interestingly vitamin K2 is also produced in a substantial manner by the bacteria in our intestines. For that reason alone keeping appropriate levels of beneficial bacteria in our daily supplementation is an important practice to maintain.

So what's important about K? Well, it’s a vital component in making sure our blood clots properly, it keeps calcium and phosphorus in balance in our blood stream and it helps vitamin D in the process of assisting our bones to properly mineralize.

Now in regards to vitamin D I have recommended much higher doses than most are accustomed to for short periods of time to stimulate our immune system and stop an infection. Many of you have experienced the benefit that these temporary high doses can provide in this regard.

However due to dramatic deficiencies of vitamin D or for serious infections some people require longer periods of elevated supplementation and for that to be safe there is a need to balance it with adequate levels of A and K. For these folks taking both vitamin K and A with D are important to ensure that your absorption is ideal and that your blood vessels do not have too much calcium exposure.

There are several sources of K on the market but the one I like the best comes from a food source and is recognized by the body as a food that has vitamins K and A in it. This natural source of A and K is Chlorophyll Complex from Standard Process. By taking Chlorophyll Complex with your D you satisfy both the areas of co-vitamin balancing that we have discussed and as you will see by using this type of a natural source you help yourself out in other ways simultaneously.

In addition to being a good source of vitamin A and K Chlorophyll contains precursors that assist our body hormonally and has the benefit of being a stimulant for tissue support. Chlorophyll Complex is also regarded as a natural gastrointestinal tract deodorant, detoxifier, cleanser and antioxidant.

For dosing I recommend you take two Chlorophyll Capsules for every 5000IU’s of D.

Best of Health,

Dr. Dave Marquis
860 Oak Park Blvd. #202
Arroyo Grande, Ca 93420
www.drdavidmarquis.com
805-481-3499



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