SOURCE: Dr. Dennis Goodman, M.D.

March 04, 2015 11:00 ET

Dr. Dennis Goodman's Vitamin K2 Book Links Missing Nutrient to Heart and Bone Health

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Mar 4, 2015) - Dr. Dennis Goodman board-certified cardiologist and director of integrative medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, has authored a new book, "Vitamin K2: The Missing Nutrient for Heart and Bone Health," that makes the connection between bone and heart health when it comes to cardiovascular disease and prevention.

"Few people know the important role vitamin K2 plays with bone health, but far fewer realize the importance of vitamin K2 to heart health," said Goodman, who also serves as a clinical associate professor and cardiologist in the department of cardiology and preventative medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. "Vitamin K2 helps calcium bind to the bone mineral matrix, keeping it away from blood vessels. This is important because if unwanted calcium deposits accumulate in the arteries, it can lead to blockages that can contribute to heart attacks and strokes."

In the book, Goodman explains vitamin K2 and where it comes from; how vitamin K2 protects the heart and bones; why taking calcium without vitamin K2 can be dangerous for heart health; and why pre-pubertal children and postmenopausal women are the best candidates for reaping the benefits of vitamin K2. The e-book is designed to be an easy read as if you were visiting Goodman for a personal consultation.

"Basically, you're as old as your arteries," said Goodman, an expert in integrative health and author of other books explaining how to use scientifically-studied nutritional supplements to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. "Current research shows that people with the highest levels of vitamin K2 can reduce cardiovascular risk by as much as 50 percent. Few people or practitioners are familiar with the benefits of this undervalued essential nutrient, which was my motivation behind writing this book." 

Goodman says more research is needed to prove long-term outcomes with vitamin K2, but a recent study published in Thrombosis and Haemostasis is a breakthrough for vitamin K2 research as it is the first clinical study showing the beneficial effect of long-term vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7 or MK-7) use on cardiovascular health by improving arterial flexibility. 

"When the science behind vitamin K2 is validated in more medical journals, I believe the medical community will recognize this nutrient as a very important, safe and inexpensive way to help reduce cardiovascular risks in patients," said Goodman.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans suffer 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes each year, making cardiovascular disease -- including heart disease and stroke -- the leading cause of death in the United States. Every day, 2,200 people die from cardiovascular diseases, which equates to nearly 800,000 Americans each year, or 1 in every 3 deaths.

Goodman will be signing first-run copies of his new book at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California on Fri., March 6 (1-2:30 p.m.) and Sat., March 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) at SuperNutrition booth #1379. For more information on Goodman or his book visit http://www.dennisgoodmanmd.com.

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