R578.00

60 capsules x 100ug Natural Menoquinone-7 (MK-7)

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1 capsule/day at mealtime (or as directed by your healthcare provider) – Halaal and Kosher Certified

60 capsules x 100ug  Natural Menoquinone-7 (MK-7) is the most well-absorbed and most studied form of Vitamin K2.  Vitamin K2 is responsible for the distribution of calcium in the body and is, therefore, a very important supplement for the health of the heart and entire skeleton.

Possible benefits: stronger bones (directs calcium to the bones causing remineralisation reducing osteoporosis); prevents heart disease (esp. reduces arterial calcification); prevents calcification of soft tissue; may reduce cancer risk; prevents atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis; reduces PMS, cramps, menstrual pain, and bleeding by regulating hormone function; improves brain function; maintains healthy gums and teeth; improves energy utilization; increases testosterone and fertility in males; decreases androgens in females with PCOS; increases insulin production and sensitivity; promotes healthy blood sugar levels; offers cancer protection by suppressing and turning off cancer genes and turning on healthy genes

The Longer Story:  Vitamin K1 is used by the liver to make proteins needed for blood clotting.  Vitamin K2 (in the form of MK-7) gets calcium out of the bloodstream and puts it where it should be, e.g. in the bones and teeth, not in the soft tissues.  It makes use of osteocalcin, a hormone that improves metabolic and hormonal health, and also increases exercise performance.

K2 has a completely different role to K1.  It also goes to the liver and stays there much longer than K1 in fact, where it is changed, and can even be used for blood clotting if the body needs.  The MK-4 type of K2 is quickly absorbed and depleted and not nearly as effective as MK-7.

Foods rich in Vitamin K2 include: Hard cheeses from pasture-fed animals; soft; egg yolk; pasture-fed butter; chicken liver; dark chicken meat (legs, thighs); salami; chicken breast; pork; beef mince; wild-caught fatty fish; organ meats of all kinds; natto

The best suggestion for K2 is to take a supplement and make sure you are getting plenty through your food supply.  People with chronic kidney disease would do better with amounts up to around 480ug a day (perhaps much higher) but all chronic conditions must take supplements under proper medical supervision.  People on warfarin or other anticoagulants should speak to their specialist physician. 

Symptoms of K2 normal deficiency are not obvious, although symptoms of severe deficiency would include: excessive bleeding; bruising; heavy periods; haemorrhaging; bloody stools (or bleeding bowel conditions); artery calcification; osteoporosis.  The causes can be due to low dietary intake, poor gut health, and conditions that affect efficient absorption and certain medications.