Low-dose menaquinone-7 supplementation improved extra-hepatic vitamin K status, but had no effect on thrombin generation in healthy subjects.
Theuwissen E, Cranenburg EC, Knapen MH, Magdeleyns EJ, Teunissen KJ, Schurgers LJ, Smit E, Vermeer C.
Br J Nutr. 2012 Jan 31:1-6. [Epub ahead of print]
Recently a publication in the American Journal of Kidney Disease showed beneficial effects of natural vitamin K2 (MenaQ7®) supplementation in dialysis patients. That article showed for the first time evidence for a functional vitamin K deficiency in hemodialysis patients, which can be treated effectively by vitamin K2 supplementation. Yesterday a new publication on the beneficial effects of MenaQ7 on healthy volunteers was e-published ahead of print . The double-blind, randomized and controlled design study investigated effects of daily MK-7 doses of 10, 20, 45, 90, 180 and 360 micrograms on activation (carboxylation) of proteins involved in regulating mineralization; Osteocalcin (Oc, in bone) and matrix gla protein (MGP, in cartilage and arterial vessel walls).
The authors conclude that daily intake of MK-7 at doses in the order of the RDA (Commission Directive 2008/100/EC) results in measurable changes in circulating undercarboxylated (uc) Oc and uc MGP. MK-7 is safe with respect to the haemostatic system, i.e. in subjects not on oral anticoagulants, it does not increase the thrombosis risk even at doses above the RDA (Commission Directive 2008/100/EC).
MenaQ7® provides natural vitamin K2 as a fermentation extract manufactured by using Bacillus subtilis natto. This process generates a highly pure and bio-available form of vitamin K2, menaquinone-7 (MK-7). MenaQ7® is the best documented, commercially available natural vitamin K2 with guaranteed activity and stability. Nattopharma holds several granted and pending patents that protect the use of K vitamins.
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