Vitamin K2: Essential for Achieving a Healthy Balance

Most people know that vitamins A, B, C, D, and E are important for daily intake to support health. But not enough know that vitamin K – more specifically Vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 (MK7) – effectively and easily manages their health by promoting a 

state of homeostasis.

 

Main function of Vitamin K2

Two vitally important proteins need Vitamin K2
Two vitally important proteins need Vitamin K2

The most important function is to regulate calcium deposition. As you know, Calcium is necessary for the body. While much incoming Calcium is directed to bones and teeth, some will unfortunately rest in arteries and soft tissues. So, the more incoming Calcium – with no or not enough K2 – the more is deposited into arteries, increasing cardiovascular risks.  

 

Vitamin K2 activates inactive proteins already present in the body including: Osteocalcin (binds Ca to bones) and Matrix Gla Protein (MGP) (Inhibits Ca deposits in arteries and soft tissues)

 

When the body has enough K2, it accelerates MGP’s activity of transporting incoming Calcium out of arteries and also jumpstarts Osteocalcin’s activity of bone remodeling. 

Health Benefits of Vitamin K2

Health Benefits of Vitamin K2
Clinically proven Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis disease 

Vitamin K2 & Bone Health

Osteoblasts produce the protein osteocalcin, which must then be activated so that it binds incoming Calcium to bones. Vitamin K2 encourages osteocalcin to get to work, resulting in better, stronger quality bone through time.

Vitamin K2 & Heart Health

When Calcium deposits in arteries, it makes them stiff and impairs blood flow, increasing the risk of adverse cardiovascular events. But this is not simply a by-product of aging – if we have enough Vitamin K2 to activate Matrix Gla Protein (MGP), then we can help our bodies stop calcification, protecting our hearts.

 

Dietary Sources of Vitamin K2

Dietary Sources of Vitamin K
Amount of Vitamin K1 & K2 In Various Foods (in µg/100g food)

Vitamin K2 is the product of fermentation, and is produced by specific bacteria during the fermentation process. With the advent of processed foods, Vitamin K2 has been stripped from our food supply.

The richest source of K2 as MK-7 is a Japanese dish called Natto, which are fermented soybeans.

 

Source: NattoPharma, MenaQ7 and heart health