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If you must take statins and want to avoid hardening of arteries, take vitamin K2 – RCT May 2015

Menaquinone-7 supplementation improves arterial stiffness in healthy postmenopausal women – A double-blind randomised clinical trial

Thrombosis and Haemostasis, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1160/TH14-08-0675, May pp. 911–1157
M. H. J. Knapen (1), L. A. J. L. M. Braam (1), N. E. Drummen (1), O. Bekers (2), A. P. G. Hoeks (3), C. Vermeer (1)
(1) VitaK & Cardiovascular Research Institute (CARIM), Maastricht University, The Netherlands; (2) Central Diagnostic Laboratory, University Hospital Maastricht, The Netherlands; (3) Biomedical Engineering, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Observational data suggest a link between menaquinone (MK, vitamin K2) intake and cardiovascular (CV) health. However, MK intervention trials with vascular endpoints are lacking. We investigated long-term effects of MK-7 (180 µg MenaQ7/day) supplementation on arterial stiffness in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Healthy postmenopausal women (n=244) received either placebo (n=124) or MK-7 (n=120) for three years. Indices of local carotid stiffness (intima-media thickness IMT, Diameter end-diastole and Distension) were measured by echotracking. Regional aortic stiffness (carotid-femoral and carotid-radial Pulse Wave Velocity, cfPWV and crPWV, respectively) was measured using mechanotransducers. Circulating desphospho-uncarboxylated matrix Gla-protein (dp-ucMGP) as well as acute phase markers Interleukin-6 (IL-6), high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP), tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and markers for endothelial dysfunction Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule (VCAM), E-selectin, and Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGEs) were measured. At baseline dp-ucMGP was associated with IMT, Diameter, cfPWV and with the mean z-scores of acute phase markers (APMscore) and of markers for endothelial dysfunction (EDFscore).

After three year MK-7 supplementation

  • cfPWV and the
  • Stiffness Index βs ignificantly decreased in the total group,


  • distension,
  • compliance,
  • distensibility,
  • Young’s Modulus, and the
  • ocal carotid PWV (cPWV)

improved in women having a baseline Stiffness Index β above the median of 10.8. MK-7 decreased dp-ucMGP by 50 % compared to placebo, but did not influence the markers for acute phase and endothelial dysfunction.
In conclusion, long-term use of MK-7 supplements improves arterial stiffness in healthy postmenopausal women, especially in women having a high arterial stiffness.

Previous study was reported on by VitaminK2 Organization

-http://vitamink2.org/menaquinone-7-supplementation-improves-arterial-stiffness-healthy-postmenopausal-women-double-blind-randomised-clinical-trial-knapen-mhj-et-al/Menaquinone-7 supplementation improves arterial stiffness . . ]

  • Stiffness Index ß in the MK-7 group had decreased significantly after compared to the slight increase in the placebo group (-0.67 ± 2.78 vs +0.15 ± 2.51, respectively, p=0.018)
  • “This is the first published study that shows that a ‘nutritional’ dose of vitamin K can actually improve cardiovascular properties, which correlates with improved status of vitamin K (i.e., a decreased level of dpucMGP) in the body.”

Statins stimulate atherosclerosis and heart failure: pharmacological mechanisms - 2015

Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol. 2015 Mar;8(2):189-99. doi: 10.1586/17512433.2015.1011125. Epub 2015 Feb 6.
Okuyama H1, Langsjoen PH, Hamazaki T, Ogushi Y, Hama R, Kobayashi T, Uchino H.
1Nagoya City University and Institute for Consumer Science and Human Life, Kinjo Gakuin University, 2-1723 Omori, Moriyama, Nagoya 463-8521, Japan.

In contrast to the current belief that cholesterol reduction with statins decreases atherosclerosis, we present a perspective that statins may be causative in coronary artery calcification and can function as mitochondrial toxins that impair muscle function in the heart and blood vessels through the depletion of coenzyme Q10 and 'heme A', and thereby ATP generation.

Statins inhibit the synthesis of vitamin K2, the cofactor for matrix Gla-protein activation, which in turn protects arteries from calcification. Statins inhibit the biosynthesis of selenium containing proteins, one of which is glutathione peroxidase serving to suppress peroxidative stress. An impairment of selenoprotein biosynthesis may be a factor in congestive heart failure, reminiscent of the dilated cardiomyopathies seen with selenium deficiency.

Thus, the epidemic of heart failure and atherosclerosis that plagues the modern world may paradoxically be aggravated by the pervasive use of statin drugs. We propose that current statin treatment guidelines be critically reevaluated.

PMID: 25655639

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Statins and Vitamin D - many studies 15 Jul, 2023
Statin muscle problems decreased in 4 out of 5 patients when vitamin D was added – June 2022 30 Jun, 2022
Statin pain reduces Vitamin D levels by 4 ng ( 9 studies) - Meta-analysis July 2021 23 Jul, 2021
Statin side-effects are reduced by Vitamin D – US patent Application – April 2019 14 Nov, 2019
Statin pain eliminated by 7100 IU vitamin D (50000 IU weekly) – July 2011 21 Jul, 2019
Most Profitable Pill in Medical History Is Based on Flawed Science (Statins) May 2019 02 Jun, 2019
Low-dose statin plaque formation stopped by Omega-3 – RCT Dec 2017 24 Jan, 2018
Statin-induced Myalgias corrected with 100000 weekly Vitamin D2 20 Jul, 2017
Statin use increased probability of diabetes in women by 48 percent – perhaps via vitamin D Jan 2012 19 Mar, 2017
Statin use increased probability of diabetes by 48 percent – perhaps via vitamin D Jan 2012 19 Mar, 2017
The statin Crestor dramatically increases levels of vitamin D in the blood – Jan 2012 17 May, 2016
Some statins increase skin cancer risk by 40 percent (reducing vitamin D levels) – Jan 2016 10 Jan, 2016
Theories on the interaction between statins and vitamin D – 2012 10 Jan, 2016
If you must take statins and want to avoid hardening of arteries, take vitamin K2 – RCT May 2015 22 May, 2015
One statin decreased vitamin D levels but the other did not – March 2010 14 Apr, 2015
Not all statins increase vitamin D levels – Dec 2010 14 Apr, 2015
Off topic – Hypertension and statin pain reduced by Coenzyme Q10 – 2010 26 Jan, 2015
Statins with low vitamin D increased chance of musculoskeletal pain by 2X – Jan 2015 29 Nov, 2014
Statin pain associated with 10 ng less vitamin D – meta-analysis Oct 2014 24 Oct, 2014
Diabetics have problems with low Magnesium , especially if taking statins – Aug 2013 08 May, 2014
Statin-induced Myalgias corrected with 100000 weekly Vitamin D 04 May, 2014
Off topic: Statins associated with increased cataracts (wonder about low vitamin D) - Sept 2013 29 Sep, 2013
Diabetics have problems with low Magnesium, especially if taking statins – Aug 2013 28 Aug, 2013
Breast cancer 2X more likely if have taken statins for 10 years – July 2013 11 Jul, 2013
Statins associated with 14X increase in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (a new disease) – Aug 2012 09 Nov, 2012