Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not caused by standard wear-and-tear.
It is an autoimmune disease that is almost always caused by a combination of genetics and diet. That means for many sufferers RA is indeed preventable.
A new controlled trial published in the European Journal of Pharmacology has shown that vitamin K2 supplementation (specifically the sub-type MK7) can effectively treat RA.
A total of 84 RA patients participated, and were split evenly into two groups.
The first group received MK-7 capsules at a dosage of 100 mcg/day for three months, while the second group received placebo capsules to act as the control.
Results showed that the MK-7 treated group experienced significant improvements for markers of inflammation as well as a disease activity score assessment. In addition, MK-7 use appeared to increase the level of the active form of osteocalcin, an important marker of bone health (1).
The authors concluded that MK-7 represents a new promising agent for RA in combination therapy with other disease modifying antirheumatic drugs.
It’s important to emphasise that vitamin K2 is not a stand-alone treatment, but can complement your existing treatment and reduce your reliance on drugs.
Have you tried vitamin K2 supplementation or considered it? At Darwin Dietitians, we specialise in the dietary treatment of autoimmune conditions and provide detailed meal plans tailored to your specific situation. To make an enquiry or book an appointment, call us on 08 8927 3700 or simply enquire here.