The #1 Cause of Arterial Stiffness (Hypertension)

Discover the hidden cause of stiff arteries. 


0:00 Introduction: Causes of stiff arteries 
0:33 The hidden cause of stiff arteries 
1:03 Benefits of vitamin K2 for the arteries 
1:58 The best sources of vitamin K2
2:48 Vitamin K2 to support the arteries 
5:57 Summary 
6:24 Learn more about vitamin K2!

Unfortunately, heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure are common problems. So, today we’re going to talk about what causes arterial stiffness or calcified arteries. 

Common causes of stiff arteries: 
• Age
• Inflammation 
• A high-carb, high-sugar diet 
• Omega-6 fatty acids 

There is one additional cause of hardened arteries that many people are unaware of, and it’s a vitamin K2 deficiency. 

Vitamin K2 drives calcium into the bones to help make them stronger and keeps calcium out of the arteries and the walls of the arteries. Vitamin K2 may decrease the risk of heart attack by 50 percent. 

Foods high in vitamin K2:
• Meats 
• Organ meats 
• Egg yolks 
• Grass-fed butter 
• Dairy 
• Yogurt 

Adding vitamin K2 to vitamin D3 is a fantastic way to support the arteries. For every 10,000 IU of vitamin D3 you take, you should also consume 100 mcg of vitamin K2. 

It’s important to note that people who take a calcium supplement (1,000 mg or more a day), with or without vitamin D, increase the risk of a heart attack. This could be because of the lack of vitamin K2. It’s also important to keep in mind that one of the side effects of warfarin is vascular calcification. 

To support the arteries, get on a low-carb diet, avoid omega-6 fatty acids, and consume foods rich in vitamin K2. If you take a vitamin K2 supplement, it may be best to take vitamin D3 as well. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 57, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps increase your awareness of the hidden cause of stiff arteries. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  2. Pamela Shearer on March 13, 2023 at 11:20 am

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  3. Joseph Burns on March 13, 2023 at 11:36 am

    Dr. Berg, we need more of your kind in this world. Thank you for all your great information, I myself can respect your advice and hard work that goes into it!

  4. DAVE WHITE on March 13, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage with a distinctive sour flavor. Like with natto, this fermentation process offers many health benefits, like promoting good gut health and boosting immunity. With 2.75 micrograms per half-cup, sauerkraut is also a great source of vitamin K2

    • Ian Stuart on March 13, 2023 at 1:43 pm

      @Julie S. Exactly, who’s spewing the garbage?

    • Tark McCoy on March 13, 2023 at 2:38 pm

      And it’s SO east to make, and with that you get all the benefits including the probiotics as well.

    • Suzanne Schott on March 13, 2023 at 3:16 pm

      My husband and I are going to make our own saurkraut this year

    • Basel on March 13, 2023 at 4:02 pm

      I buy my Sauerkraut from Costco. The brand is Wildbrine and it’s organic probiotic fermented Sauerkraut. It’s very delicious.

    • John Fuzz on March 13, 2023 at 5:04 pm

      just ate sauerkraut with my free range eggs….been doing SK 3x a week because of Dr Berg…couldnt be happier

  5. Danton Wood on March 13, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Hello Dr Berg,
    Thank you very much for your videos teaching us how to properly take care of ourselves, sometimes it feels like walking through a minefield.

  6. Vero Bullock on March 13, 2023 at 11:46 am

    This is a very informative video, thanks a lot doc.💯

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on March 13, 2023 at 11:53 am

      Most welcome!

    • Efadilla Efadilla on March 13, 2023 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you kind person ❤️

  7. Manasi Srivastava on March 13, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Dr. Berg, I had lost all hope. Had difficulty breathing. All the time! I had gallstones, umanaged sugars and whatnot! On your recommendation I started taking your Gallbladder formula, D3&K2, ACV, Saeurkraut, Nutritional Yeast, and Benfotiamine. I feel great now! In fact, I feel I have been blessed with a fresh lease of life! Will I ever be able to thank you enough?

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      Fantastic progress Manasi!

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  9. NannyGranny on March 13, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    I take Nattokinase in place of the chemical blood thinners and I am doing great with it. Warfarin made me lose my hair and the other caused pin point hemmorages. I even give it to my dogs who are older.

  10. Wanda Yonder on March 13, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    Newer blood thinners are being used as a substitute for Warfarin in Australia. They don’t block Vitamin K to achieve blood thinning so there is no (vitamin K) antidote if you hemorrhage, which is a worry. I guess they eliminate the calcium buildup problem though. They have a shorter life than Warfarin so you have to wait it out if you have a bleed.

  11. you r enough 💜 on March 13, 2023 at 12:41 pm

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  12. Amen Ra on March 13, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    Dr. Berg we all thank you. You’ve done all this research to help millions of people. You are teaching every individual that watches your video a better way on how to take care of themselves. You teaching everyone how to doctor them selves. You are amazing. Thank you thank you thank you. This information goes long way. Two healthy happy living.

    Happy health to everyone

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on March 13, 2023 at 1:18 pm

      You’re welcome. Happy to make videos that can help you all. Stay safe and healthy!

    • venus2012ful on March 13, 2023 at 5:58 pm

      @Dr. Eric Berg DC natto is not pronounced like NATO. it’s pronounced like NUT – TOH

  13. V T on March 13, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    I take Dr.Berg’s D3&K2 vitamins supplement daily in the morning. It makes me feel good. Love it.

    • Kat M on March 13, 2023 at 3:11 pm

      Us too! I also bought them for my adult daughter.

    • Dawn Elder on March 13, 2023 at 4:58 pm

      I take my k2-7 with cod liver oil. Retinal A works with vitamin D and k2-7. I also eats the right foods to get K2-4.

  14. jmvh on March 13, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    All my life I have had tartar problems. Within a couple of weeks from dental hygiene I would find my teeth full of tartar again despite careful hygiene with daily flossing. This was all my life. A few years ago I started taking vitamin K2 after reading about the potential benefits for tartar problems. I was very skeptical, but it doesn’t hurt to try. About 3 days after starting the supplementation, the tartar literally started to jump off while flossing, which had never happened in my life, and after about a week it was completely gone. I continue to take vitamin K2 and haven’t had a speck of tartar in years. I have never needed dental hygiene sessions again. All a gain in health and wallet.

    • Awesome kids on March 13, 2023 at 5:19 pm

      How much K2 did you take daily? Thank you

    • Hillary Banks on March 13, 2023 at 5:40 pm

      I have also had great benefits orally from k2. 💙

    • jmvh on March 13, 2023 at 6:13 pm

      @Awesome kids 200 mcg K2 MK-7 a day.

  15. Travis Johnson on March 13, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    Dr Berg I want to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart, taking your advice and changing my diet has dropped my blood pressure so much in 30 days I’ve completely stopped taking my medication due to my BP being too low with it, I’ve also lost 18 pounds in that same time frame and feel better than I have in 20 years …again thx

  16. Jewel on March 13, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    I’ve been taking the combo for about a month, and had an unexpected positive side effect. Chronic pain I have been having in my hip and some back and leg pains, for some years now, has mostly disappeared. I will take a magnesium and potassium, once in a while, but this is really the only change I have made. Hope this keeps up, because Wow!

  17. Angy Stathatou on March 13, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    Dr you are a rare gem!! Thank you for being a real doctor and thank you once more for sharing your knowledge with people!!

  18. Mark White on March 13, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    I just want to add my data point to this topic. Not mentioned in this video is the benefit of K2 and dental health. I can testify that I went from lose sensitive teeth to hard strong tight teeth after being on K2 @180mcg daily for what is now 18 months. What I am usure of is watching my blood calcium level go down to the lower acceptable limits over this time and whether that was the result of K2. I have blood test performed every 6 months so I literally have pre-K2 blood calcium data as well as every 6 months. They say K2 takes the calcium out of your blood and puts it where it belongs and I certainly have evidence of this. Oops, forgot to mention it was Dr. Bergs video 18 months ago that got me started taking it. I have since watched Dr. Jamnadas and other cardiologist with YouTube channels echo Dr. Bergs information on the benefits of this important vitamin.

  19. Hillary Banks on March 13, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    K2 mk-7 has been one of the most beneficial supplements I have added in the last few years. For my whole family 💚

  20. Fiona Proctor on March 13, 2023 at 5:59 pm

    I really wish I’d known about k2 long ago. At 64 I’ve been taking calcium for many years due to osteoporosis. I’ve been on 4,000 iu D3 since Covid started. I only found about about k2 since my gp passed away in December and I started managing my own health and watching dr. Berg.

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