Vitamin D3 and K2 combination benefits – can you run us through?
There are a few crucial ones to keep in mind when thinking about switching from just vitamin D to a D3/K2 blend. From bone density and arterial health to that well-known connection with immune function, let’s unpack each.
Supporting healthy bones
One of the key benefits of vitamin K2 and D3 as a combo, is that they work together to support healthy bones. Simply put, vitamin D helps your body absorb and use calcium, which gives your bones their strength and density. Vitamin K2 helps the body deposit calcium in the right place – i.e in our bones – and not elsewhere, for example in our arteries.
Studies show that low levels of vitamin K can cause issues for our bone mineral density – we need to bear in mind conditions associated with poor bone density, particularly for women as we move through the life stages – and increased fracture risk.
Further, research shows that a combination of vitamin K2 and D3 is more effective than just taking either nutrient on its own, for supporting bone mineral density.
Supporting arterial health
I was really encouraged to see that in our Insta poll with The Ribbon Box, at least 14 per cent of people had an awareness of this aspect, and how important a D3 and K2 combo may be for our arterial health. Education is increasing every year, in line with new research and there are some really fantastic products coming to market, to help us get D3 and K2 in one go.
In combination, vitamins D3 and K2 work together to produce and activate Matrix GLA Protein (MGP), a substance found around the elastic fibres of your arterial lining.
Maintaining immune health
83 per cent of people responding to our poll currently take Vitamin D, and I’d guess that immune support is a big part of that. There’s been so much research and prominent campaigning around why vitamin D is crucial for our immune health, especially in parts of the world where we may not be getting enough day-to-day sunlight to make sufficient amounts of vitamin D naturally.
Read up on why the NHS recommends vitamin D in pregnancy and across preconception now too, alongside its longstanding recommendation for folic acid. With a vitamin D3 and K2 combination supplement, you’re getting the immune benefit, whilst supporting healthy bones and arterial health.