One of the most important vitamins for your child’s developing jaw and teeth (and bones for that matter) is Vitamin K2. Depending on where you live Vitamin K2 can be easy to obtain or, thanks to modern technology, can be delivered right to your doorstep within a couple of days. The majority of Vitamin K2 comes from animal products that are pasture-raised and grass-fed (a small amount comes from healthy intestinal bacteria that convert Vitamin K1 to K2 — but even those people with the healthiest of microbiomes can’t rely on that as an adequate source).
Vitamin K2 for Jaw Development
Vitamin K2 cooperatively works together with two other fat-soluble Vitamins, A and D, to move calcium around in your body, making sure that it gets to the proper places, namely your bones and teeth. These vitamins help keep calcium out of places that cause trouble, like your arteries. Vitamin K2 will also help ensure that your child’s face and jaw grows to its fullest and most functional proportions. Another important way you can ensure this proper jaw development is by breastfeeding your baby for as long as possible. Learn more about the connections between breastfeeding, Vitamin K2 and proper development, here.
Sources of Vitamin K2
Remember to look for 100% grass-fed or pasture-raised when it comes to purchasing animal products to ensure you’ll be giving your kids Vitamin K2. Unfortunately, most commercial dairy and conventionally raised animals just won’t provide you with the K2 necessary for your health. Studies show that only animals grazing on Vitamin K— rich grasses grown in highly nutrient-dense, clean and toxic-free soil provide a significant source of K2. Bottom line: don’t waste your time or money on conventional products in the name of K2 because they just don’t provide it. If you can’t find grass-fed, or pasture-raised animal products in your local grocery stores, there are many online purveyors to choose from. For example eatwild.com and tarafirmafarms.com are two of my favorite resources.
Ready to jump in your kitchen and get more K2 in your diet? Try these 3 delicious ways to get more Vitamin K2 in your child’s diet:
With these three easy and delicious ways to get Vitamin K2 into your child’s diet, their palates will expand with tasty new flavors, and you can feel good about contributing to their health in a powerful way, now and in their future!
What are your favorite foods that are rich in K2? Let me know in the comments below.
Dr. Mark Burhenne