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The Crucial Role of Vitamin K2 in Bone Health and Heart Protection

You need to know about vitamin K2

The vitamin K2+D3 portfolio showed strong growth from 2014 to 2019↓

Vitamin K2picture source:nutritioninsight

Q: What is Vitamin K2?
Vitamin K2, also known as menaquinone, is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a crucial role in blood clotting and bone health. There are several forms of vitamin K, but K2 is particularly important for activating certain proteins involved in regulating calcium metabolism in the body.One of the main functions of vitamin K2 is to activate proteins known as osteocalcin and matrix Gla protein (MGP). Osteocalcin helps bind calcium to the bone matrix, which contributes to bone mineralization and strength. MGP, on the other hand, prevents calcium from depositing in arteries and soft tissues, thereby maintaining cardiovascular health.

Foods rich in vitamin K2 include fermented foods like natto (fermented soybeans), certain cheeses, organ meats, and egg yolks. It can also be produced by certain gut bacteria in the intestines.It’s important to note that vitamin K2 is different from vitamin K1, which is primarily involved in blood clotting. While both forms of vitamin K are important, vitamin K2 has additional roles in promoting bone and cardiovascular health.

Vitamin K2(MK-7) Source: mainly from Natto

Q:What effect does vitamin K2 have?

1. For the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, vitamin K2 produces bone protein, which together with calcium produces bone, increases bone density, prevents fractures, and treats Parkinson’s disease.
2. Vitamin K2 can prevent cirrhosis from progressing to liver cancer.
3. It has diuresis, strengthens the detoxification function of the liver, and can reduce blood pressure.

Vitamin K2

Q: How vitamin K2 works?
1. There are two choices for calcium ions to enter the human body: one is to deposit in the right parts such as bones and teeth; The other is deposited in the wrong places, such as joint cartilage, blood vessels and kidneys. Long-term accumulation of calcium ions in the wrong places can lead to organ calcification, most commonly known as “vascular calcification.” Vascular calcification is a pathological phenomenon, can cause arteriosclerosis, and then induce a series of cardiovascular diseases, and vitamin K2 plays a big role.

2. Vitamin K2 actively extracts calcium ions deposited in the blood vessel wall and free in the blood by activating osteocalcin and bone matrix protein, and then carries them back to the human bone tissue. Vitamin K2 can both reduce the risk of blood vessel calcification, prevent the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and address the source of osteoporosis.

Q: How safe is vitamin K2?

After a number of experiments and clinical tests at home and abroad, the safety of vitamin K2 has been confirmed.

In 2001, Japan approved the sale of vitamin K2 as a treatment for osteoporosis.

In 2006, the US FDA approved vitamin K2 for use as a food and fortified food additive.

In 2007, the European Union approved it for use in various countries as a food fortification.

In 2009, the European Union recognized that vitamin K2 is highly bioavailable and can help maintain bone and cardiovascular health.

Vitamin K2
Some points for attention:

1. Because vitamin K1 does not have the activity of calcium into the bone, you must pay attention to the label and dosage when purchasing products.
2. Vitamin K has the function of supporting normal clotting, but it will not cause abnormal clotting, let alone thrombosis.