Marcella Wright wrote:
I have been doing research for a customer onto which cheeses have the highest vitamin K2. In my research all I see is Edam, Gouda and Bries. I’m trying to find the specifics like which Goudas contain the highest K2; Rembrandt, Beemster XO or Vlaaskas to name a few. Is there a website or book any of you would recommend, that even contains the percentage of K2?
The winning cheese is Jarlsberg (see Table below for more)
“Jarlsberg cheese, which originates from Norway, is richest in K2. According to the value listed in the database, it would take nine ounces of Jarlsberg to provide 200 μg. Its true content of K2 has likely been underestimated, however, and it may actually take as little as 4.5 ounces.” (Source: Chris Masterjohn, Ph.D.) Click the following link for more information.
The role of vitamin K2:
- Needed for blood clotting
- Protective against heart disease
- Promotes healthy skin
- Increases bone strength
- Enhances brain function
- Protects dental cavities
- Reduces risk of kidney stones
- Stabilizes blood sugar
- Increases testosterone and fertility in males
- Reduces risk of prostate cancer by 35 percent.
Learn more from Chris Kresser: https://chriskresser.com/vitamin-k2-the-missing-nutrient/
And Chris Masterjohn, Ph.D.: https://chrismasterjohnphd.com/2016/12/09/the-ultimate-vitamin-k2-resource/
Two types of Vitamin K:
K1: Phylloquinone – found in plants, mostly in leafy greens
K2: Menaquinones – found in animals foods and fermented plant foods
Animals grazing on vitamin K-rich cereal grasses, especially wheat grass, and alfalfa in a lush green state of growth produced fat with the highest amounts of K2.
In the EPIC study, dairy (cheese) products had a stronger inverse association with advanced prostate cancer than did menaquinones from meat. This is great news for cheese lovers!
Source: EPIC study: Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Apr;87(4):985-92
Scroll down on the following page:
See the box: Food, category, etc
Example: Here’s the result from my search for Edam:
Cheese (Edam type)
Table, based on values as μg/100g food for solids
This information was obtained from Dr. Masterjohn’s website, but you probably knew that.
How much? In the United States, the current recommendation for total vitamin K is 90 μg per day for adults.
For more information on the health benefits of cheese/yogurt, contact Babs Hogan. firstname.lastname@example.org