When we think of heart disease, first thing that comes to our minds is presence of fatty plaques in the arteries. Saturated fats and high cholesterol in the diet have been blamed for heart disease and heart attack. But, according to recent studies and newly published book by Dr Steven Lin, Dental Diet, a better marker for heart attack is calcium deposits, and coronary calcium score measured by Matrix-Gla.
What is Matrix-Gla?
Matrix-Gla is a protein present in the circulation system. It’s role is to bind to calcium in the arteries. In order for it to be activated, a newly discovered vitamin called Vitamin K2 needs to be present. If there are not enough Vitamin K2 in the diet, or supplements, this protein is not activated and hence doesn’t sweep the excess calcium in the arteries leading to arterial plaques with cells that have developed bone cells in them.
This is how calculus buildup correlates to heart disease. In saliva, there is also Matrix-Gal. If you don’t have enough Vitamin K2 intake, calcium builds up in your saliva and gets deposited on the teeth. If you are prone to a lot of calculus build up on your teeth, despite of proper brushing and flossing every day, it may be that your Vitamin K2 intake is not sufficient in your diet.
The foods that are reach in Vitamin K2 are: meats, cheeses, eggs, fermented dairy products and other fermented foods like natto. If you are not consuming enough of these foods, you may wish to supplement with Vitamin K2 supplements. Talk to your Nutritionist or naturopath
about different options.