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Vitamin K Reduces Calcium Buildup in Arteries

Wednesday, 06 June 2007 12:00 AM

A new study has found that vitamin K may provide significant benefits to promote cardiovascular health. Researchers at Maastricht University, The Netherlands, found that vitamin K prevents the buildup of calcium in arteries and also scrubs away existing calcification by 37 percent within only six weeks.

A buildup of calcium in arteries is linked to an increase in coronary heart disease. People with higher levels of arterial calcium are much more likely to have heart attacks and strokes than those with normal levels.

Patients with cardiovascular disease are often given the blood-thinning drug warafin which causes even more buildup of calcium in arteries, and researchers believe that additional amounts of vitamin K can reduce their risk of dying.

In the study, scientists fed rats a diet containing warfarin to induce the buildup of calcium. They were then separated into four groups. The first group continued taking warafin. The drug was discontinued in the three other groups and each group was given a different dose of vitamin K. Levels of arterial calcium continued to rise in those rats given normal amounts of vitamin K, even after they quit taking warafin. But the accumulation of calcium was blocked in those rats that were given high doses of vitamin K and even reduced.

"Our study shows that in an animal model, vitamin K can actually regress preformed calcifications," wrote researcher Leon Schurgers. "The health implications for humans are significant. "Given that arterial calcifications are predictive of cardiovascular events, regression of arterial calcification may help reduce the risk of death in people with chronic kidney disease and coronary artery disease," he wrote.

"Research is showing much promise associated with vitamin K intake and heart health, and people should be encouraged to discuss vitamin K use with their physician."

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