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ATTENTION! Canadians, I need your help ASAP (Regarding Banned Vitamin K2)

Answered on September 19, 2014
Created April 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Have any of you bought Vitamin K2 online from the states? On Iherb it says that Canada doesn't allow supplements that contain vitamin K. It also says not to buy supplements for more than 90 days but I've bought more than that and it always got shipped fine. If any of you Canadians buy K2 online, can you tell me where? (Another reason I'm asking is because I checked the reviews for the specific brand of vitamin K I wanted to purchase and there are 2 recent Canadians that have bought it apparently... Well in january lol.)Anyone with knowledge of customs operations/regulations and all that mumbo jumbo , feel free to contribute.

Have any of you successfully used iherb to order Vitamin K2 with more than 120mg of it per serving that live in Canada? I also want to clarify that on iherb it says that you need your doctor to order the "banned" things if you want it.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:17 AM

Why not just go for food sources? Surely there was enough K2 available in the diet in pre-supplement days. Eat natto if you are really concerned. Or just eat reasonable amounts of fish eggs, butter, lard, and aged cheeses. You'll be fine.

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on April 28, 2012
at 10:47 PM

It has vitamin K1 in it. Why not find a supplement that has only the K2's in it ?

3b0b95dfc6dc5c18e535945f4aab0866

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on April 28, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Sometimes supplements contain more than one vitamin, for example LEF's K product has K(1), K2-MK4 and K2-MK7, so that wouldn't be able to be imported by you per what you say. But, pure K2 (m4 and/or m7) should then be legal. Its the same kinda situation if they were silly enough to ban vitamin B1, that doesn't mean B2,B3,B4,B5,B6,B7 etc are banned too, They are all separate vitamins. For reference, Vitamin K is called Phylloquinone. K2 is Menaquinone (Mk-4 or Mk-7 variants). So if vitamin K is banned they really should be specific about the chemical name that is banned.

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on April 28, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Wildwabbit, is that true? They say only products containing Vitamin K. I have included the label of the supplement down below on a comment, WOuld it be okay? I would be buying Vitamin K2

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on April 28, 2012
at 05:16 PM

The products I wanted to buy had this label, so is it not okay or would it pass through customs? Serving Size: 1 softgel Amount Per Serving %DV Vitamin K activity 2100 mcg 2625% From: Vitamin K2 (as menaquinone-7) 100 mcg Vitamin K2 (as menaquinone-4) 1000 mcg Vitamin K1 1000 mcg Medium chain triglycerides (MCT oil) 215 mg ** Ascorbyl palmitate (antioxidant) 25 mg **

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on April 28, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Maybe codex alimentarius has something to do with it? lol

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on April 28, 2012
at 05:11 PM

Maybe Codex alimentaius has something to do with it?lol

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on April 28, 2012
at 04:58 PM

I think it is only supplements with more than 120mcg per dose?

3b0b95dfc6dc5c18e535945f4aab0866

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on April 28, 2012
at 03:57 PM

In you subject title you say "K2". In your subject body, you say "K". Which one is banned? Didn't you know they are 2 separate vitamins?

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on April 28, 2012
at 12:31 PM

A google search for it, or for Canadian vitamin bans in general, shows a couple of forum posts but nothing in the news.

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on April 28, 2012
at 11:34 AM

i was in canada 3 months ago and I got thorne k2/d drops online from within canada.. Heaps of MK4 in it, the D is just a convenient bonus.

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on April 28, 2012
at 10:22 AM

Why would they ban that???

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on April 28, 2012
at 04:53 PM

K2 is not banned, but it is illegal to sell K2 supplements in Canada that contain more than 120mcg (I think) per serving. Absolutely ridiculous, I know. I think it has something to do with K's blood-clotting attributes and Canada classifying anything more than 120mcg as a drug.

I'm not sure what the rule is regarding bringing K2 over the border. I order this one online from a Canadian retailer - 120mcg K2 mk-7.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on April 28, 2012
at 05:16 PM

The products I wanted to buy had this label, so is it not okay or would it pass through customs? Serving Size: 1 softgel Amount Per Serving %DV Vitamin K activity 2100 mcg 2625% From: Vitamin K2 (as menaquinone-7) 100 mcg Vitamin K2 (as menaquinone-4) 1000 mcg Vitamin K1 1000 mcg Medium chain triglycerides (MCT oil) 215 mg ** Ascorbyl palmitate (antioxidant) 25 mg **

3b0b95dfc6dc5c18e535945f4aab0866

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on April 28, 2012
at 10:47 PM

It has vitamin K1 in it. Why not find a supplement that has only the K2's in it ?

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on April 28, 2012
at 11:46 AM

I ordered it at my health food store this week- since when is it banned?

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on April 28, 2012
at 11:36 AM

I don't think K is banned....

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on April 28, 2012
at 12:31 PM

A google search for it, or for Canadian vitamin bans in general, shows a couple of forum posts but nothing in the news.

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on September 19, 2014
at 04:13 PM

I don't think Vitamin K2 is banned?! I buy it from Vitasave without any problems.

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on September 05, 2013
at 07:43 PM

I'm in Ottawa. Been ordering with no problems (Canadian sites). Last batch I ordered: nationalnutrition.ca. NaturalFactors (brand) K2 (MK7) 100mcg. No problems. You can also buy at any brick and mortar health food store.

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on September 05, 2013
at 11:07 AM

If it's actually true, you're better off buying a dish of natto at an Asian supermarket (or restaurant) and then fermenting your own from it by using it as a starter.

http://blog.fujitv.co.jp/airmail/E20110906001.html - yes, the original will be from soy, but you can make it out of lentils, and while lentils are still a bean, you can soak and overcook them to disable all the antinutrients before adding the culture in it.

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on September 05, 2013
at 07:51 AM

Have you found a solution? I've ran out and I'm in desperate need! Only sites i can find are vitashop and vitamart, and are limited to 100mcg. But I havent ordered from them before.

I used to get it from bodybuilding.com, but they removed it from their CA site, and all other US sites wont ship vitamin K(2) to canada. From my understanding, Health canada has limited the legal amount to below 120mcg. But US websites dont seem to want to ship it period.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 05, 2013
at 08:17 AM

Why not just go for food sources? Surely there was enough K2 available in the diet in pre-supplement days. Eat natto if you are really concerned. Or just eat reasonable amounts of fish eggs, butter, lard, and aged cheeses. You'll be fine.

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on April 28, 2012
at 03:29 PM

If that's true, thank God I moved from Canada to the US. Vitamin K2 is the most important vitamin I'll ever take. Canada is getting really f%^$#^ stupid about banning vitamins and supplements. They're trying to make it so that you have to get a prescription for many of them....yet the doctors there know absolutely nothing about supplements.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on April 28, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Maybe codex alimentarius has something to do with it? lol

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on April 28, 2012
at 05:11 PM

Maybe Codex alimentaius has something to do with it?lol

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