Vitamin K: a Gender Biased Vitamin?
When it comes to Vitamin K it all looks fine and dandy, but truth be told, there’s a lot we don’t know. Only few effects of Vitamin K consumption have been proven so far, and these are mostly benefits. But research is currently testing some theories that don’t look too bright! What’s beneficial for women might be harmful for men. What a confusing world we live in…
K Supplements and Debates
Alzheimer’s Disease – Prevents cell death?
The theory goes like this: Vitamin K has antioxidant abilities that inhibit cell death due to oxidation of nerve cells. Thus Vitamin K supplements can treat the disease. As research has not reached final stages yet, this is a theory! Short term results look promising, but there is no information on long term effects.
Bone Health- Good today, but how about tomorrow?
While natural intake of vitamin K is good for increasing muscle mass, supplementation is another thing.
In some countries like Japan, Vitamin K2 supplements are prescribed to tread osteoporosis. But did they think ahead?
There is no proof of the long term benefits of this treatment! When simulating the treatment on animals, mice and other test subjects were the victims of decreased bone growth. But what does this mean for us humans? We don’t know. For now results look great, but it’s too early to tell if the joy will be short lived.
Cancer prevention– Good for women, bad for men?
This is also in the research stage, but experiment showed that women who have taken Vitamin K supplements are 90% less likely to develop cancer. That is quite a result! No matter how you look at it, the number is significant! Just think of the implications of that… If everyone would take these supplements, in a few years there would be 90% less cases of cancer than today! But something sounds too good to be true…
Men on the other hand are not so lucky! Believe it or not, results are quite the opposite! Prostate cancer is more likely to occur among those who take Vitamin K2 supplements. In the advanced cases of prostate cancer, high intake of Vitamin K was linked to a significant decline of the patients’ condition.
So what do you think? Would you be willing to close your eyes to the lack of scientific proof and risk it for the tempting benefits?