Should you take vitamin D with vitamin K2?

Vitamin D and vitamin K are essential, fat-soluble nutrients.

They are generally most abundant in high-fat foods, and their absorption into the bloodstream is enhanced when they are consumed with fat.

Often called the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is abundant in fatty fish and fish oil, but it’s also produced by your skin when it’s exposed to sunlight.

One of vitamin D’s primary functions is to promote calcium absorption and maintain adequate calcium levels in your blood. A vitamin D deficiency may cause bone loss.

Vitamin K is found in leafy greens, fermented legumes, and vegetables, as well as in some fatty, animal-sourced foods, such as egg yolk, liver, and cheese.

It’s necessary for blood clotting and promotes the accumulation of calcium in your bones and teeth.

Vitamins D and K Work as a Team

Vitamins D and K Work as a Team
When it comes to calcium metabolism, vitamins D and K work together. Both play important roles.

There are some nutraceuticals that work in harmony, providing a benefit that is greater together than alone. And few nutrients work better together than Vitamins K2 and D3.

Vitamin K2 is an essential nutrient to pair with Calcium, yet an important piece of this puzzle is Vitamin D3. 

While K2 is required to activate K-dependent proteins such as Osteocalcin (OC) for bone health and Matrix GLA Protein (MGP) to inhibit soft tissue calcification, Vitamin D3 is needed for the creation of these proteins. But if we are not balancing our D3 intakes with K2, we simply have an excess of inactive proteins not performing their function.

Supplementing with products that combine Vitamins K2 and D3 in support of their Calcium intakes is crucial for those seeking optimal bone and cardiovascular health.