vitamin K - essential to human health

Can Vitamin K Lower Cholesterol?

Foods high in vitamin K2 like fermented cheese and eggs may help lower cholesterol.

Results of population and clinical studies suggest that vitamin K2 may help lower cholesterol levels in some people:

  • In a clinical study, vitamin K2 reduced serum cholesterol in dialysis patients with elevated cholesterol levels.(1)
  • Post-menopausal women given low doses of Vitamin K2 for a 4-week period had significant decreases in both HDL and LDL cholesterol levels — while the placebo group did not. Vitamin K2 also lowered blood pressure. This was a randomized, controlled clinical trial.(5)
  • A 10 year study showed a link between the highest level of vitamin K2 in the diet and lower triglyceride levels. Researchers suggest this is why they also found a lower rate of metabolic syndrome with higher intake of vitamin K2.(99)

In certain populations, vitamin K deficiency has also been linked to higher levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.(100)

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