The #1 Cause of Arterial Stiffness (Hypertension)

March 13, 2023

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Discover the hidden cause of stiff arteries. 


0:00 Introduction: Causes of stiff arteries 
0:33 The hidden cause of stiff arteries 
1:03 Benefits of vitamin K2 for the arteries 
1:58 The best sources of vitamin K2
2:48 Vitamin K2 to support the arteries 
5:57 Summary 
6:24 Learn more about vitamin K2!

Unfortunately, heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure are common problems. So, today we’re going to talk about what causes arterial stiffness or calcified arteries. 

Common causes of stiff arteries: 
• Age
• Inflammation 
• A high-carb, high-sugar diet 
• Omega-6 fatty acids 

There is one additional cause of hardened arteries that many people are unaware of, and it’s a vitamin K2 deficiency. 

Vitamin K2 drives calcium into the bones to help make them stronger and keeps calcium out of the arteries and the walls of the arteries. Vitamin K2 may decrease the risk of heart attack by 50 percent. 

Foods high in vitamin K2:
• Meats 
• Organ meats 
• Egg yolks 
• Grass-fed butter 
• Dairy 
• Yogurt 

Adding vitamin K2 to vitamin D3 is a fantastic way to support the arteries. For every 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 you take, you should also consume 100 mcg of vitamin K2. 

It’s important to note that people who take a calcium supplement (1,000 mg or more a day), with or without vitamin D, increase the risk of a heart attack. This could be because of the lack of vitamin K2. It’s also important to keep in mind that one of the side effects of warfarin is vascular calcification. 

To support the arteries, get on a low-carb diet, avoid omega-6 fatty acids, and consume foods rich in vitamin K2. If you take a vitamin K2 supplement, it may be best to take vitamin D3 as well. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps increase your awareness of the hidden cause of stiff arteries. I’ll see you in the next video.