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Vitamin K  


[Natural Vitamin K2 Benefits Bone Health | Healthy Blood Flow, Healthy Bones]
[Enhanced Vitamin K-2 Now Available | References]

Natural Vitamin K2 Benefits Bone Health and Cardiovascular Health

Vitamin K-2 is a supercharged form of vitamin K.  Why supercharged?  It has all of the benefits of vitamin K, but it stays longer in circulation and is active in a wider number of organs and tissues.

Vitamin K-1, also known as phylloquinone, is found in plants.  Vitamin K-2, called manaquinone (MK) is found in animals or bacteria.  The newest source of vitamin K-2 is natto bacterium, which contains a highly potent vitamin K-2.  Compared with vitamin K-1, K-2 has comparable benefits, but has higher circulation concentrations in more varied areas of the body.  Simply stated, vitamin K-2 works harder and it stays at work longer, in more parts of the body than K-1.

Healthy Blood Flow, Healthy Bones

Vitamin K is essential for healthy bone formation and repair; it is involved in the synthesis of osteocalcin, the protein in bone tissue upon which calcium crystallizes.  As vitamin K helps build bones, it also inhibits calcification of the blood vessels.  This "calcium transport" function thereby removes calcium deposits from the vessels where they aren't needed, and working in conjunction with vitamin D, increases calcium deposits in the bones, where calcium is needed most.  Vitamin K also plays an important role  in the intestines, helping to convert glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver.

Enhanced Vitamin K-2 Now Available

PL Thomas & Co. Inc. (PLT) of Morristown, NJ today announced the launch of Natural Vitamin K2 as a newly-available proprietary extract under the trademark MenaQ7™. Natural Vitamin K2 helps keep calcium in the bones and out of the arteries, providing significant potential health benefits.

MenaQ7 provides Natural Vitamin K2 as an extract of natto, a fermented soy food from Japan. Natto is particularly rich in the highly bio-available form of vitamin K2 called menaquinone-7 (MK-7). Studies of Natto consumption in Japan have linked menaquinone-7 to greater bone health and reduction in risk factors.

Natural Vitamin K2 also may provide significant benefit to cardiovascular health due to its roles in calcium utilization and promoting matrix Gla-protein, a potent inhibitor of vascular calcification. For example, in a study published in The Journal of Nutrition with over 4,000 participants, those with the highest natural K2 consumption had a 50% reduction in risk of cardiovascular events.

According to company President Paul Flowerman, "We are excited to introduce this ingredient exclusively in North America. MenaQ7™ provides K2 as menaquinone-7 with significant potential for health benefits. Also, the natural form of K2 is much more bio-available and has a longer half-life than the synthetic K2, called menatetrenone-4, that is currently available in the market."

References

Vermeer C et al. 2003. AgroFood Industry 17-20.

Geleijnse J et al. 2004. J Nutr Epidemiology 134:3100-3105.

Brody, T. 1994. Nutritional Biochemistry. New York, Academic Press.

Binkley N et al. 2002. Am J Clin Nutr 76:1055-60.

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