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The LLVLC Show (Episode 703): Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue Shines Light On Vitamin K2

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KateRheameBleue In Episode 703 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we welcome in a fabulous Canadian naturopathic physician named Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue. We’ve all heard about the benefits of supplementing our diet with things like calcium and high-dose Vitamin D for maximizing our health. But have you ever stopped to think about whether those things are optimal within the context of a Paleo or low-carb lifestyle? Even more importantly, what if there are unintended consequences to taking those actions that would make them more harmful than helpful? This is something that motivates Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue (aka “Dr. Kate”) who has been working voraciously in recent years to spread the truth about a little-known vitamin hardly anyone (outside of Chris Kresser) is really talking about–Vitamin K2. She’s the author of a fabulous book on the subject called Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life which throws the door wide open on chronic health issues like osteoporosis, heart disease, wrinkles and so much more. Listen in as Dr. Kate and I take an even closer look at the vital role that Vitamin K2 can play in the health of everyone–EVEN YOU!

Listen to Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue share more about Vitamin K2:

  • She’s based outside of Toronto, Ontario treating patients
  • Her desire to use diet and supplements as a naturopath
  • She was looking at all the “early research” on Vitamin K2
  • The “downside” of calcium wasn’t getting coverage it needed
  • She realized the two went “hand-in-hand” in health
  • Why isn’t everyone talking about Vitamin K2 like Vitamin D?
  • The “high-dose Vitamin D bandwagon” can cause major problems
  • You have to balance out your Vitamin D intake with K2
  • Vitamin K2 provides “the missing piece to the puzzle” in health
  • There’s ample research on Vitamin K2 already out there
  • What the purpose of Vitamin K2 is in the body
  • Vitamin K2 “guides calcium into your bones and teeth”
  • It can remove calcium deposits from arteries and heel spurs
  • The control of cell growth acts as cancer protection
  • Intervention studies found a 50% drop in calcium plaque on K2
  • Human clinical trials are ongoing, but animal studies promising
  • It doesn’t take very much Vitamin K2 to lower calcified plaque
  • She uses slightly higher levels than what is recommended
  • There is no toxicity associated with higher levels of Vitamin K2
  • Why Vitamin K2 is the unwanted stepchild of supplements
  • It has a “mistaken identity” with Vitamin K1 in blood clotting
  • Green leafy veggies primarily have K1 and nobody is deficient
  • Vitamin K2 plays completely different role from Vitamin K1
  • Deficiencies in Vitamin K2 can’t be seen right away
  • The concerns around calcium supplements will make K2 known
  • Without K2, your Vitamin D supplement may not be optimized
  • Are there ways to get Vitamin K2 naturally in your diet?
  • It has become more difficult to get in our diet
  • Grass-fed animal foods contain Vitamin K2 in their fat
  • Grain-fed animal foods are stripped of the Vitamin K2
  • Certain fermented foods have bacteria that makes Vitamin K2
  • She lists gouda, brie and other foods in her book with K2
  • Natto is a Japanese fermented soybean food with high K2 content
  • If you don’t like these foods, then you should supplement K2
  • Not all Vitamin K2 supplements are alike and everyone needs it
  • Fetal development needs Vitamin K2 and then in breastfeeding
  • There are two types of Vitamin K2 supplements on the market
  • Recommended kind is MK7–take 200 mcg just once daily
  • MK4 is a synthetic form of Vitamin K2 and take higher dose
  • 45mg dose of MK4 usually comes in tablet form
  • Why Vitamin K2 was so prevalent in Paleolithic times?
  • The fat and organ meats in Paleo times were loaded with K2
  • Goose liver is high in Vitamin K2, but nobody eats it anymore
  • Insects, fish eggs and “wooly mammoth pancreas” had K2
  • Vitamin K2 is the “missing piece” to so many health concerns
  • Of course the body has a way to deal with excess calcium
  • The anti-wrinkle benefit happens because K2 removes calcium
  • Diabetes, brain health, fertility and more all helped by K2
  • The other problems with having excess calcium in the body
  • Heel spurs, kidney stones, aortic valve–calcium build-up
  • Vitamin K2 can take calcium out of any area of the body
  • What about Paleo people who don’t eat dairy getting calcium?
  • Bone broth is a great calcium supplement, but no big deal
  • In Japan, they have strong bones/heart but low-calcium intake
  • Vitamin K2 makes the calcium more efficient in the body
  • Once you absorb calcium, K2 puts it where it needs to be
  • Memorable readers who have been impacted by her book
  • Improved blood pressure was a surprising benefit to K2
  • Avoiding gum and teeth surgery another perk of Vitamin K2
  • She had her mom in mind who was taken in by low-fat diet
  • That’s why she wanted to write this book to help her
  • Making Vitamin K2 a part of the “bigger picture” of health

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    What did you think about what Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue had to share about just how critical proper Vitamin K2 supplementation is to your healthy way of life? Share more about it in the show notes section of Episode 703. Pick up your own copy of Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life and keep up with everything Dr. Kate is doing at DoctorKateND.com. Next week is our final set of interviews for a couple of weeks while I go on vacation to Indiana and Tennessee. So don’t miss hearing from a Crossfit-loving restauranteur named Edmund Woo from Saskatoon Steaks, Fish and Wild Game Restaurant in Greenville, South Carolina who took his passion for low-carb and Paleo living to come up with a unique way to help people desiring weight loss on Monday, a habit-building athletics expert named James Clear on Tuesday and an evolutionary biologist/botanist named Dr. George Diggs, Jr. who is using his book The Hunter-Gatherer Within: Health and the Natural Human Diet in the classroom to teach evolutionary health principles to future medical school students on Wednesday. We’ve got a stellar guest line-up in store for you all next week on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show!”

    Coming up this Thursday at 7PM ET in Episode 42 of the “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” podcast, we’ll have nutritional scientist Dr. Nannette Yount from the University of California at Harbor-UCLA addressing the topic “Ketones & Brain Health.” Dr. Yount has become intricately involved in investigating the role of ketogenic diets on brain health ever since she stumbled across the cognition-enhancing properties of ketones when she personally started consuming a ketogenic diet. What she has discovered in her research is how ketones may prevent the neurocognitive deficits such as memory loss and dementia typically chalked up to the aging process, the therapeutic effects of ketones on patients with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and how elevated blood sugars levels are quite possibly contributing to a significant cognitive decline leading to neurodegeneration. Dr. Yount theorizes that human beings are meant to run most effectively on a ketogenic diet and that our hunter-gather ancestors millions of years ago not only survived but thrived in this keto-adapted state. Start getting me your questions on this topic NOW by e-mailing them to AskTheLowCarbExperts@gmail.com no later than 3PM ET this Thursday. You can also ask your question LIVE on my show by calling (712) 432-0900 or Skype the show for FREE by calling the username freeconferencing.7124320900. Whether you call or Skype, be sure to use the access code 848908. Listen LIVE and leave us a review at iTunes if you like what you hear. This is your chance to interact with the best nutritional health experts in the world, so don’t be bashful. We look forward to sharing this brand new episode of “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” with you later this week.

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    • Jean L

      Grateful to know about K-2. I get kidney stones, and I do take D-3. Now I’ll add K-2 to balance it out and help prevent the stones, which are calcium oxalate stones. Thanks.