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Vitamin K – Calcium’s New Sidekick


I peaked around the corner, waiting for the signal through the darkness.  I tried to keep my breath steady, but my heart raced like I’d just outran the cops.  Or, maybe in anticipation of that being a possibility in the very near future. 

Two quick flashes of light pierced the night.  My signal. 

I darted across the lawn, stopping when I reached the back of the dark gray Camaro parked in the driveway near a white picket fence.  I crouched down beside the blonde who waited there for me – the giver of signals.  She held a finger up to her lips as a reminder to be as quiet and covert as possible, handed me one of the rolls of plastic wrap we’d purchased earlier that day, and motioned for me to move to the side of the car.  We commenced to wrap the entire Camaro in plastic food wrap, tires and all.  Four (very large) rolls of it to be precise.  I won’t get into why, but let’s just say sometimes the ex deserves a little inconvenience. 

I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off so quickly and stealthily without my trusty sidekick.  She was fundamental in the execution of the mission.  There’s no way I could have thrown those rolls of wrap to myself over the top of the car without making too much noise and ultimately finding myself giving an explanation of my actions to man in blue.  She’s my Watson.  Okay, that would make me Sherlock Holmes and that might be a bit of a stretch.  Maybe Lucy and Ethel is a more believable comparison.

The point is, I needed her.  I could have done it without her, but it wouldn’t have been as much fun (not that vandalism is fun boys and girls) and I wouldn’t have been as effective.  Just like any Main Character (MC) you know wouldn’t be anywhere near as effective without their sidekicks.  Because the sidekick plays an integral role and sometimes a role more essential than that of the MC.

Calcium and Vitamin K are much the same way.

First, let’s look at why we need Calcium.

Calcium is the key mineral found in our bones and teeth that, along with other nutrients, builds the hard structure that makes them strong.  Calcium is needed for proper muscle and nerve function, blood clotting, and other body functions.  Functions so vital that our bodies pull Calcium from our bones just to maintain normal blood Calcium levels if we don’t take in enough Calcium in our diets.  And since studies continually demonstrate that most of us don’t get enough Calcium in our diets, supplementing (along with exercising) is a key to reversing the risk of osteoporosis.

So, why does Calcium need Vitamin K?

K vitamins are quite unique. They are widely known for their blood clotting abilities.  However, Vitamin K2 as been extensively recognized as being most advantageous for the body to use Calcium in order to build healthy, strong bones and to reduce Calcium deposits in the arteries. 

You see, Vitamin K triggers certain proteins in the body (such as osteocalcin in the bones, Matrix Gla Protein (MGP) in the arteries and clotting factors in the liver) that are dependent on Vitamin K in order to bond Calcium to the surface of bones, deter Calcium deposits in arteries, and help clot blood.

So, essentially, a lack of Vitamin K (especially a lack of Vitamin K2 ) could result in what is known as the “Calcium Paradox” where too little Calcium isn’t good because it means weak bones  and too much Calcium will build up in the arteries making them stiff and inflexible, which obstructs blood flow to and from the heart.

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So clearly, your bone strength depends on more than just Calcium.  It needs a little help from its sidekick, Vitamin K, to help your body move it, absorb it, get it to your bones, and get it out of your blood vessels so that you can have a healthier body and a healthier life.

The Calciology™ & Foundation™ Combo delivers 500 mcg of Vitamin K2 per day, along with other synergistic ingredients for maximum bioutility.

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Meat-Heavy Diets Can Rob You of Your Calcium


A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin shows that high-protein diets can rob your body of calcium, even if you get plenty in your system. In fact, the study further shows that vegetables are a better source of calcium than cow milk because it doesn’t have the same protein that would absorb the calcium that your bones should be getting. Read more

Study Suggests Vitamin C Can Curb Bone Loss

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A new animal study released in PLoS ONE suggests that vitamin C might have even more benefits for bone health than previously thought. Although there is extensive research about the importance of ingesting Vitamin C to prevent weak bones, this new study has found that not only does Vitamin C prevent declines in bone density but it may aid in new bone cell formation as well.

The study was done on mice, one group that had its ovaries removed and a control group that didn’t, to find whether Vitamin C can prevent bone density loss following ovary removal which is known to cause bone density loss. The researchers found that mice who had their ovaries removed had much lower bone density than the control group after eight weeks but mice that had their ovaries removed and were then given large doses of Vitamin C had roughly the same bone density as the control group.

Head researcher Dr. Mone Zaidi says that this is because Vitamin C stimulates your body to create premature bone cells, promoting bone growth and curbing bone density loss. This further suggests that supplementing your diet with large doses of Vitamin C is hugely beneficial to your bone health because we don’t get enough Vitamin C in diet alone. This is particularly important for women who are at high risk for bone density loss as they get older and post-menopausal women who are at the highest risk for bone density loss and osteoporosis. These new findings suggest that Vitamin C can be useful at helping to restore bone density rather than just preventing it.

Vitamin C has long been known to be one of the most important nutrients for bone health, particularly in older women. It helps prevent scurvy, osteoporosis, and gout and has even been linked to a lower incidence of stroke. For best results, supplements that support bone health should include Vitamin C as well as calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, and Lysine.

Vitamin K May Lower Risk of Diabetes


A new study by researchers in Spain have found that increased ingestion of Vitamin K1 can help reduce your risk of developing diabetes by as much as 51%. In fact, scientists say that for every additional 100 mg of Vitamin K1 in your daily diet, your risk of developing diabetes is reduced by 17%.

Researchers have long been studying the effects of Vitamin K intake as well as Vitamin K deficiency and these new findings have identified a great new reason to add Vitamin K supplements to your diet.

The study was performed on 1,069 elderly participants with a high cardiovascular risk over the course of 5.5 years. After analyzing years of data, scientists found that added levels of Vitamin K1, the most common type of Vitamin K typically found in green vegetables, helped reduce the risk of developing diabetes by as much as 51% over the 5.5 years compared to people with the lowest Vitamin K intake. Scientists suggest this is likely because of the role that Vitamin K plays in helping your body regulate calcium and metabolize insulin.

This study further supports the need to add Vitamin K supplements to your diet but other studies claim that Vitamin K deficiency, previously considered rare in adults but commonly found in newborns, is actually more widespread than previously thought because of inefficient Vitamin K absorption. People who suffer from liver disease, bowel disorders, or abdominal problems and people who use drugs are at highest risk of Vitamin K deficiency. Deficiency can lead to blood disorders, anemia, osteoporosis, heart disease, and other problems.

Though Vitamin K1 is the more common, Vitamin K2 is generally more beneficial and is produced by the body when it converts Vitamin K1. Menaquinone-4 (MK4), a type of Vitamin K2, has been shown to stop arterial calcifications which is a key contributor to heart disease. The same study showed that Vitamin K1 did not have the same preventative property.

These new findings on increased Vitamin K deficiency as well as the positives of adding extra Vitamin K to your diet further reinforce the need to add supplements to your daily diet. Although Vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and others as well as small amounts in certain dairy and meat products, more Americans are not getting the amount they need in their diet alone than previously thought.

Study Shows Magnesium May Lower Risk of Colon Cancer


A new analysis looking at eight different studies that included nearly 340,000 participants has found that increased ingestion of magnesium can significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer. In fact, researchers at the Soochow University in China found that your risk for colon cancer is reduced by 7% for every additional 50 mg of magnesium that you ingest.

Magnesium has long been known to be a key element in health and is important with countless bodily functions. Magnesium supports your immune system, muscle health, nerve function, heart rhythm, blood pressure, sugar levels, and bone health. Still, most people do not get nearly enough of it through dietary means like vegetables and dairy. It is crucial to get your minimum amount of magnesium, 320 mg each day for women and 420 mg each day for men to support all of those functions properly.

This study, however, looked at increased intakes of magnesium meaning above the minimum recommended amount. On average, researchers found that increasing magnesium intake to have an average of 11% reduction in the risk of developing colon cancer with an average 7% reduction for every additional 50 mg of magnesium.

A similar study performed by researchers at the Imperial College London and Wageningen University found that for every additional 100 mg of magnesium your risk of colon or rectal cancer is reduced by 12%.

Cancer prevention is only one of the big reasons to add magnesium supplement to your diet. A study by researchers at the Karolinska Intitute in Sweden found that every additional 100 mg of magnesium your risk of stroke is reduced by 9%.

Magnesium has also been linked to prevention and management of heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Meanwhile, magnesium deficiency can lead to heart problems, immune system disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, and severely low levels of calcium or potassium in the blood.

Lack of Vitamin D Can Lead to Weight Gain in Older Women


We often talk about how important it is to get enough vitamin D to support heart health, bone health, and skin health but new findings show that older women with low levels of vitamin D may be at risk for some weight gain as well. Though more research is required to see if low levels of vitamin D are what directly cause the weight gain, it definitely adds another reason to make sure your vitamin D levels are sufficient.

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Why You Should Keep Taking Calcium and Vitamin D


Much to the shock of many medical experts, a government advisory panel recently recommended that people stop taking vitamin D and calcium supplements.  Before you go clearing your medicine box, let’s take a look at how the study was done and how it matches up with years of research to support daily vitamin D and calcium supplement intake.  Read more

New Science Identifies Link Between Too Much Salt And Calcium Deficiency

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High blood pressure and chronic kidney disease are the two conditions most often associated with high sodium diets. But did you know that conditions like thinning bones and osteoporosis can also be linked to a diet high in sodium? Medical and science communities have speculated for years that excess sodium in the body interferes with our calcium absorption, leading to bone issues and conditions like osteoporosis. There just hasn’t been any proven science to support this generalization. Until now… Read more

New and Improved Calciology!

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    As of a few weeks ago, the manufacturer of the calcium supplement we recommend, Calciology, has made a few small, but very necessary changes.  The manufacturer is still the same, but our new Calciology requires that it is to be taken less each day.

As you probably are already aware, geeks only recommend supplements manufactured in facilities that adhere to GMP standards.  The Calciology supplement is no exception.

The former Calciology supplement was to be taken 2 capsules twice daily.   With the new tablet, 3 tablets are now needed twice daily.  The reason for this change is because the manufacturer is required by FDA regulations to create a capsule that keeps a certain percentage of its strength (it was 90% and has been changed to 100%)  until the expiration date, which is 2 years from the date is created.

The new formula would no longer fit in a vegetable capsule, so the manufacturer switched to a tablet to keep potency and valuable nutrients inside, but still allow for proper assimilation into the bloodstream.

As you can see, the manufacturer has succeeded in once again creating a revolutionary formula including Calcium Citramate, a more absorbable form of calcium to help with bone strength and fight to prevent osteoporosis.  Your bones will thank you!

Follow this link to see the new label, ingredient, and dosage info:


Vitamin D, Upstaging a Superstar


There’s been so much science and so much press on Vitamin D over the last couple years that some may wonder if it’s nothing but hype. Well, it isn’t. Vitamin D has the “chops” to back up all the claims that have been made about it.

First off, vitamin D3 is absolutely essential to calcium absorption. Some scientists think it’s even more important to bone health than calcium. The two together are highly documented to reduce bone loss and fractures. But since most of us avoid sun exposure like the plague, hardly anyone gets enough D3 naturally.

Vitamin D plays a huge role in the regulation of your blood pressure – to the point that scientists can map the prevalence of Hypertension by distance from the equator. The farther you live from the equator, the less sunlight you get (and therefore the less vitamin D) and the greater your chances for high blood pressure. So it’s no surprise that supplementing with it has been shown to lower high blood pressure in many studies.

Every dose of Calciology™ contains 600 IU of vitamin D3.