What vitamins are important to bones?

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Calcium is often recognized as an important mineral component of healthy bones. However, there are other vitamins that also contribute to bone health. Vitamin D and vitamin K2 are two examples of vitamins that are important in maintaining healthy bones.

Vitamin D is important because it aids the absorption of calcium. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the body cannot produce enough of the hormone called calcitriol when not enough vitamin D is present in the body.  Calcitriol increases the amount of calcium found in the bloodstream by aiding the absorption of dietary calcium within the gastrointestinal tract.

Calcium also works synergistically with vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 helps to move calcium into the areas of the body where it is needed, such as your teeth. Vitamin K2 also helps to remove calcium from areas where it is not needed, such as your arteries.

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