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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
When thinking about Vitamin K, we oftentimes think about our green, leafy vegetables. This is a good place to start because we know this is where a majority of our Vitamin K1 is sourced from. But did you know that there is another type of Vitamin K? It is called Vitamin K2.†
What are the benefits of Vitamin K2?
Vitamin K2 is found in things like egg yolks, certain cheeses and certain meats. We know that it does some really unique things in the body that are slightly different from the way that Vitamin K1 works. Today, we’re going to look at the role of Vitamin K2 in the circulatory system and brain health.†
The way that Vitamin K2 works in the body is really impressive. The way it works in the bones, for example, is that it goes through and finds calcium to help drive it into the bone. It does this by activating a specific protein known as osteocalcin. When osteocalcin is activated by Vitamin K2, it’s binding that calcium tightly to the bone minerals, thus helping to create stronger bones.†
We also know that it does something else that is really quite unique, which is that it activates a protein called Matrix Gla. When Matrix Gla is activated from Vitamin K2, this actually prevents calcium from being deposited into arteries. By activating these two proteins, Vitamin K2 makes sure that calcium is delivered into the bones and not lingering in the bloodstream.†
How this impacts the brain
I want to talk about how both Vitamin K1 and Vitamin K2 have both been shown to be very beneficial to cognition.†
A study done by researchers at the University of Montreal looked at an association of Vitamin K levels in the blood and better memory in older adults. This is a really interesting way to understand how Vitamin K is actually working. They had a group of over 300 people between the ages of 70 and 85 years old. The researchers assessed cognitive function, but they were also looking at all these different things in the blood. One of the things they found was that there was a strong correlation between higher levels of Vitamin K in the blood and better scores on different measures they were doing to test cognitive ability, including the ability to learn new things and remember.†
I think that this shows how Vitamin K plays such a critical role when it comes to the aging of our brain. We can think about how this helps to support proper blood flow, correct usage of calcium within the body and more.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains the important role that Vitamin K2 plays in the body. She discusses how it functions and shares a study that details how important this nutrient can be.†
- The differences between the different types of Vitamin K
- Why Amanda calls this vitamin a “taxi driver”
- How Vitamin K2 functions within the body
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Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Have you ever set your keys down and then you can’t remember where you put them or walked into a grocery store and you’re standing there wondering what you went in there for? This is a common thing that happens with the aging brain. I want to talk in some detail today about what that actually means and if you experience things like this, is this actually a sign of cognitive decline or could this have been brought on by other things in your life. Let’s talk about different factors that really play a role into age-related cognitive decline and different nutrients that can be incredibly beneficial when it comes to supporting proper neuronal activity within the brain itself.†
Your Aging Brain
We know that aging is associated with a gradual decline in cognitive function. It’s common for people who are getting older to find that certain tasks take longer to complete and that their memory and attention aren’t as sharp as they once used to be. This doesn’t mean that you have dementia or the start of Alzheimer’s disease. What we do know is that new neurons develop throughout our lives within our brain, but they actually reach their maximum size during our early 20s. Then, they begin to very slowly shrink and this can be exacerbated by many different things. Certainly stress can make it worse and, most importantly, poor diet. The correct healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals all make a difference to optimizing our brain’s functions.†
We know that there are tremendous differences among individuals when it comes to the way that the brain itself actually ages. There are different causes of memory problems and we know that there are common conditions that can actually exacerbate that decline in cognitive abilities. Certainly, we can look at things like stress, anxiety, depression, certain infections and many different medications. Nutrition plays a role. Emotional distresses, substance abuse and thyroid disorders would certainly play a role into why people would have declining cognitive capacity.†
For more information on declining cognitive abilities, tune into the full podcast episode.
The Power of Cognition Hx
When we look at what we can do with natural interventions, we know that there are many different things that have been widely studied when it comes to being beneficial for age-related cognitive decline. I’m going to highlight our Cognition Hx formulation because this is a combination of many of those widely-studied nutrients that have been shown to be very efficacious when it comes to supporting the health of the brain.†
The Cognition Hx formula contains phosphatidylserine, which is a very important and essential fatty acid that helps with the actual cellular membrane of the brain. It’s also a key player in the formation of a very important neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine that we consider to be our primary memory neurotransmitter. Having that phosphatidylserine helps to support proper production of that acetylcholine. This formula also contains acetyl-L-carnitine, which we know is incredibly important. Decreasing levels of acetyl-L-carnitine have been associated with a decline of cognitive function. There was a meta-analysis where they looked at over 20 different studies showing that supplementation with acetyl-L-carnitine could actually improve cognitive deficits in people who had been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease. Acetyl-L-carnitine is a modified amino acid and what it does is it helps to drive the fatty acids to the inside of the cell so they can be utilized for energy production. It’s a very important and critical amino acid.†
This particular formulation also contains Huperzine A. Huperzine is a medicinal herb that has been shown to actually inhibit acetylcholinesterase, which is an enzyme that breaks down the very important neurotransmitter acetylcholine. We know that low acetylcholine levels is one of the main pathogenesis of cognitive decline in patients who have dementia and Alzheimer’s. The more we can bolster up acetylcholine, the better off we are.†
Tune into the full podcast episode to learn more about the beneficial nutrients found in our Cognition Hx formulation.
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