Building better faces in children means straighter teeth, fewer dental extractions and less TMJ later in life. A unique vitamin is in charge of smiles and cheekbones. But no, it’s not calcium!
It’s Vitamin K2 – one supplement we may all need.
K2 is different from Vitamin K1, the clotting vitamin. K2’s role is to deliver calcium where it needs to go. It is the carrier of calcium. (K Karries Kalcium is a way to remember this). It delivers calcium where we’re building bones, including beautiful broad cheekbones. Here’s my article on K2, Teeth and Cheekbones for more info.
Vitamin K2 and Facial Structure
K2 carries calcium to where Vitamin D helps absorb calcium. Without sufficient K2 and D3, children won’t build large sturdy cheekbones with jaws and palate roomy enough for 32 adult teeth. The face and palate can become narrow, with receding or pointed chins, under bites, over bites, and impacted crooked teeth.
Supplementation with fat soluble vitamins K2 and D during pregnancy and childhood can prevent or reverse facial narrowing. In addition, special orthodontic appliances can be used that gently push outward on the child’s malleable jaw to widen the face and palate. Starting as young as age 3 and all through the teens, these flexible bones will move easily.
Avoid prolonged or painful dental work
If cheekbones grow properly, you can avoid extracting teeth to make room for braces. In fact, if there’s a nice wide jaw, you probably won’t need braces at all.
Start Vitamins K2 and D when the child is an infant, helping calcium form the jaw. Find a dentist or orthodontist using the ALF appliance or a MyoBrace to get help forming a beautiful wide mouth. There are other methods as well, but these keywords are a way to start searching in your County.
Food sources of Vitamin K2 are inadequate
Organ meats and certain fermented foods provide a little Vitamin K2, but not in the small amount we eat them in the modern world. Leafy greens provide K1 which converts only partially to K2 so that’s not adequate. Meats and fats from feedlot animals contain almost no K2. Even with genuinely pastured meats and dairy, supplementation is still required.
Never take Vitamin D without K2!
Vitamin D3 allows calcium to be absorbed, once delivered by K2. If you’re taking Vitamin D and NOT taking Vitamin K2, you could be depositing calcium on the lining of your arteries, as kidney and gallstones, or into joints – not what you want.
Many natural doctors feel that calcium without K2 causes hardening of the arteries.
Many health food stores and online stores (such as my own) carry K2. Buy it separately to take with your D, or, even easier, get a combination product like this one with D3 and K2 together called D3 Complete. Consider 2000 i.u. of D with 100 mcg. K2 daily with food for life. Kids, the elderly, all of us…
Rosita Cod Liver Oil
Rosita Cod Liver Oil and gelcaps are extremely rich in DHA needed for building better brains, eyes and nerves. This is the only raw, untreated cod liver oil in the world. It replaces regular fish oil that you take for inflammation, heart and brain, but it has natural Vitamin D and A as well. I carry the oil here and the gelcaps here. Order them with the Emu oil or the Prothera K2 capsules here or here. Don’t take Vitamin D without K2. Weston Price taught us that with his Activator X which we now know is Vitamin K2!
Liquid K2 is an option
I carry the exceptional and unique Walkabout Emu Oil in capsules or liquid in my online store. Both provide K2 in its raw natural form as well as abundant EPA-DHA. It can replace your fish oil and add K2 at the same time.
For kids or adults who don’t take pills, even small caps like my D3 Complete, use the combination of Walkabout Emu Oil liquid (NO other emu oil has K2 but this one) with Vitamin D drops such as this one. These can be used daily with food your entire life. (Note that testing your Vitamin D annually is a good idea. You can get too much D, or not enough. Test – don’t guess!).
Important Note: If you are taking blood thinners, you should not take Vitamin K2 without further research. Recent studies suggest K2 can be taken with blood thinners, but studies are not conclusive.
Note to parents: get opinions from several orthodontists and do your homework before choosing your approach to palate expanders. You’ll get a lot of varying information and yes, it can be overwhelming. Start by locating one using the MyoBrace and/or an ALF and they’ll have different views from the traditional orthodontist.