MenaquinGold® Natural Vitamin K2-7
For many years, vitamin K was thought to be one vitamin with the function of blood clotting, but soon after, scientists realized that vitamin K was actually a group of fat-soluble vitamins that included phylloquinones (K1) and menaquinones (K2). While vitamin K1 is involved in blood homeostasis, vitamin K2 is responsible for activating vitamin K-dependent proteins like osteocalcin and matrix Gla-pro-tein that draw calcium out of the soft tissues and into the bone matrix, where it belongs. As a result, vitamin K2 has been shown to be incredibly useful for conditions like atherosclerosis, vascular calcification, diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. Epidemiological studies suggest that many populations, although apparently healthy, may be deficient in vitamin K2, and this deficiency may impact our overall health and well-being. Plants synthesize vitamin K1, which is why it can be found in leafy green vegetables, but vitamin K2 can only be produced through bacterial fermentation. Intestinal bacteria can produce many forms of vitamin K2, the most commonly studied being menaquinone-4 (MK-4) and menaquinone-7 (MK-7). MK-4 can be found in organ meats, Gouda, Brie, and natto (fermented soybean), but only in small amounts. When looking to supplement with vitamin K2, research has shown that MK-7 is superior to MK-4 and even vitamin K1 in half-life, bioavailability, and safety. MenaquinGold® is obtained in a soy-free fermentation process and is the gold standard for vitamin K2-7.