by Beverly Meyer
Name a vitamin to take for growing healthy teeth and bones. Quick hint: It’s not calcium. Stumped? It’s vitamin K2, and it’s an important supplement— especially for children. Vitamin K2 is different from vitamin K1, the clotting vitamin. In a nutshell, K2’s role is to deliver calcium where it needs to go; think of it as calcium’s Uber driver (memory trigger: “K Karries Kalcium”).
It delivers calcium so we can build bones, including beautiful broad cheekbones.
Vitamin K2 and Facial Structure
K2 carries calcium to where Vitamin D helps absorb calcium. Without sufficient vitamins K2 and D3, children won’t build large sturdy jaws and cheekbones roomy enough for 32 adult teeth. The face and palate can become narrow, with receding or pointed chins, underbites, overbites and impacted crooked teeth.
Supplementation with fat soluble vitamins K2 and D during pregnancy and childhood can prevent or reverse facial narrowing. In addition, special orthodontic appliances can be used that gently push outward on the child’s malleable jaw to widen the face and palate. Starting as young as age 3 and all through the teens, these flexible bones will move easily.
If cheekbones grow properly, you can avoid extracting teeth to make room for braces. In fact, if there’s a nice wide jaw, there’s a good chance braces won’t be needed at all. Start vitamins K2 and D when the child is an infant, helping form the jaw so braces, dental surgery and a toothy grin are not inevitable. Find a dentist using the ALF appliance or a MyoBrace to get help forming a beautiful wide mouth and pretty smile
Sources of Vitamin K2
Organic meats and certain fermented foods provide natural vitamin K2. Leafy greens provide K1, which converts only partially to K2. Meats and fats from feedlot animals contain almost no K2. Even with genuinely pastured meats and dairy, supplementation is still required. That is why I suggest lifelong use of K2 supplements to all my clients.
Vitamin D3 allows calcium to be absorbed, once delivered by K2. If you’re taking vitamin D and not taking vitamin K2, you could be absorbing calcium in your arteries, kidneys and joints—not what you want.
In fact, many natural doctors feel that taking calcium without K2 can cause hardening of the arteries. Unabsorbed calcium, as it’s carried by the blood, is looking for its destination. Without K2 it can drop out into veins and arteries without making it to bones, teeth and nerves.
Calcium can also form gall stones, kidney stones, arthritic nodules and bone spurs unless K2 takes it to the right place.
All health food stores and online stores carry supplemental K2. Buy it separately to take with your D, or get a combination product with D3 and K2 together. Consider 2000 IU of vitamin D with 100 micrograms (mcg) of K2 daily with food for life. This is good for all ages. Important Note: If you are taking blood thinners, you should not take vitamin K2 without further research. Recent studies suggest K2 can be taken with blood thinners, but the studies are not conclusive.
Beverly Meyer is a holistic and clinical nutritionist in practice since 1985. Her popular podcast, “Primal Diet – Modern Health,” is available on iTunes or her website at www.ondietandhealth.com. Follow her blog and Facebook community for her latest in natural health news from “Beverly Meyer on Diet and Health.” She can be reached for consults at 210-826-0034.