Vitamin K2 as MK-7
Your companion in cardiovascular fitness, bone health and mobility support
What is Vitamin K2 MK-7?
Vitamin K2 as MK-7 is an essential fat-soluble vitamin. It plays an important role in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, vascular disease and strokes. MK-7 also shows beneficial effects on bone density.
Vitamin K2 MK-7 can be found naturally in fermented foods. However, in most cases it requires supplementation since most diets around the globe do not supply sufficient amounts of Vitamin K2.
Nutrition plays an important role in meeting consumer needs during all life stages. Diet and food supplements help consumers meet various needs they have throughout their lifetimes.
Vitamin K2 MK-7 by BASF is characterized by extremely high purity and stability and therefore plays a crucial role in providing the right supplements to consumers at the right point in time.
Who will benefit from vitamin K2 as MK-7?
Vitamin K2 MK-7 benefits consumers of all ages, life-stages and gender. While children and adolescents require vitamin K2 for bone development to ensure healthy physical growth, adults aged 60 and older around the globe are leading more active lifestyles and taking on greater responsibility for their health. For them, retaining mobility and independence later in life is crucial.
Adequate vitamin K2 MK-7 intake supports consumers in achieving their mobility goals and helps them live the lives they desire.
Vitamin K2 MK-7 activates proteins in bones and blood vessels that bind calcium, making bones harder and blood vessels softer.
In bones, Vitamin K2 MK-7 activates the protein osteocalcin that takes up calcium from the blood supply and binds it into the bone matrix. The result is a stronger and denser bone matrix, decreasing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
Vitamin K2 MK-7 also has benefits for blood vessels. It activates the matrix GLA protein which binds calcium in blood cells and transports it back into the blood stream. Low MK-7 levels lead to calcium deposits in arterial walls. High MK-7 levels prevent stiffening of blood vessels, lowering the risk of blood pressure disorders, thrombosis, heart attacks and strokes.
Health benefits of vitamin K2 MK-7 in bones
- Activation of osteocalcin in osteoblasts (bone cells). Osteocalcin takes calcium from the blood supply and binds it to the bone matrix.
- Activation of protein S and periostin, two proteins that also play a role in bone matrix formation
- Increased mineralization of bones
- Lower risk of fractures
- Lower risk of osteomalacia and osteoporosis
Health benefits of vitamin K2 MK-7 in blood vessels
- Activation of matrix Gla protein in the smooth muscle cells of arterial walls. Matrix Gla protein binds calcium and brings it back to blood.
- Lower risk of stiffening of arterial walls and impairment of functionality and blood flow.
- Lower risk of high blood pressure
- Lower risk of thrombosis, heart attacks, lung embolism and strokes
What BASF offers
BASF offers a comprehensive and complementary portfolio of health ingredients for cardiovascular support, as well as for bone and muscle support. In addition to vitamin D3, Omega-3 and plant sterols, BASF also offers vitamin K2 as MK-7, the best form of vitamin K2: It is the easiest to absorb, reaches every part of the body and remains there the longest.