EnergyBalance™ Advanced Vitamin K2 as microencapsulated MK7 with 100% biologically-active all-trans isomers
The liposoluble vitamin K, also called menaquinone MK, is known to be an essential nutrient for combating blood clotting, as the synthesis of different blood clotting factors is dependent on vitamin K. A vitamin K deficiency can lead to haemorrhaging. The letter ‘K’ stands for the German word ‘Koagulation’, meaning coagulation or clotting.
However, there is only one vitamin K2 molecule which prevents heart attacks and calcification of the blood vessels, reduces existing build-ups or can increase bone density. This active vitamin K2 molecule is able to combine carbon with osteocalcin or a Gla matrix. This process is called activation. If both of these proteins are activated, osteocalcin can store calcium in the bones or the protein Gla matrix can remove calcium from the soft tissue.
The molecular side chain 7 and exclusively trans-isomers
‘MK7’ refers to the length of the side chain or the number of isoprenoid units. There are different vitamin K2 variants ranging up to MK 13. It is known that the length of the side chain defines the effectiveness of vitamin K2. Vitamin K with a total of 7 isoprenoid units in the form of MK7 is by far the most effective form. In turn, only the all-trans form of this is biologically active; the other (inactive form) is termed ‘Cis-isomer’. This form is biologically inactive and has no effect.
Microencapsulation for protecting vitamin K2
Vitamin K2 as MK7 is a liposoluble vitamin and reacts highly sensitively to contact with other components such as alkali, or so called ‘basic‘, calcium. Scientific investigations on calcium preparations with K2 have shown that the alkali qualities of the calcium have a reductive effect on vitamin K2. After just 3 months, the vitamin K2 content in these compounds can be reduced by 50%. Therefore, EnergyBalance has decided to now only use vitamin K2 that is protected from contact to external influences, through the use of encapsulation. This means that it is not damaged and its potency is not reduced.
Vitamin K2 for strong bones and healthy circulation
Imagine there was a vitamin that made sure calcium was stored in your bones and not deposited in your arteries. It could prevent clogging of the arteries and osteoporosis at the same time. New research has shown that vitamin K2 can do just that.
Vitamin K2 - a still un nown vital substance plays a key role
At first glance, clogged arteries and osteoporosis have little in common. Both become more common as we age. Neither osteoporosis nor clogged arteries happen overnight, but develop gradually over decades. We don't really notice either one unless we have a heart attack or break a bone. The commonalities appear to end there. It was not until scientists began studying the precise effects of vitamin K2 that they realized that vitamin K2 strengthens the bones while keeping the arteries clog-free. That makes vitamin K2 crucial when it comes to prevention of these two problems.
What is Vitamin K?
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that our body requires for effective blood clotting and, as recent studies have shown, for strong bones and healthy arteries, too.
Vitamin K activates proteins in the different organs, affecting the blood clotting factor in the liver, osteocalcin in the bones and MGP in the arteries. These proteins help the blood clot, deposit calcium in the bones and free the arteries of calcium deposits. That is why vitamin K deficiency is associated with increased risk of arteriosclerosis and osteoporosis.
Vitamin K regulates calcium
Attentive doctors have known for some time that people with a calcium deficiency in their bones have excess calcium in their arteries and vice versa. Calcium deficiency in the bones leads to osteoporosis while calcium deposits in the artery walls leads to heart disease and other forms of cardiovascular and kidney disease. Studies have shown that calcium metabolism does not work without vitamin K.
How vitamin K2 protects the bones
The most well-known GLA protein is osteocalcin. It needs vitamin K2 to deposit calcium in the bones. When there is a K2 deficiency, osteocalcin is unable to regulate calcium, which lowers the amount of calcium stored in our teeth and bones, making them porous. Calcium begins to build up in the arteries at the same time.
Studies have shown that vitamin K2 can reverse this trend.
How vitamin K2 protects arteries
Vitamin K2 activates matrix GLA protein (MGP), which is responsible for regulating calcium build-up in the artery walls. These proteins cannot be activated when the body does not have enough vitamin K, causing calcium deposits in the form of arteriosclerosic plaque build-up. That explains why people who take blood thinners like coumarin, which impair the effect of vitamin K, suffer from accelerated arteriosclerosis.
Vitamin K2 is an essential vitamin
A clear connection between vitamin K2 and heart disease was first made in 2004 within the scope of an extensive, heavily controlled clinical study as part of the Rotterdam Heart Study. 4,807 men and women aged 55 and up participated in this Dutch study over a period of 10 years. The study showed that those participants who ate a diet rich in vitamin K2 during this time had significantly fewer calcium deposits in their arteries. These people also had a 50% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. This reduction was only seen in people who consumed more than 32µ of vitamin K2 per day and not in those who consumed a lot of vitamin K1.
An evaluation of 7 double-blind studies in which adults were given vitamin K2 as a dietary supplement showed that the risk of vertebral fractures dropped by 60%, the risk of hip fractures by 77% and the risk of any fractures not involving the vertebra by a remarkable 81%. Vitamin K2 has also shown that it can stop bones from becoming porous.
Vitamin K in the diet
The body does not produce vitamin K. That is why people depend on their diet to make sure they get enough. However, there are indications that the European population does not get enough vitamin K from their diet. The two most important types of vitamin K are K1 (phylloquinone) and K2 (menaquinone).
Vitamin K1 can be found in green leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage and broccoli. However, the body can only process small amounts of K1. Only 10% of the total amount consumed makes its way into the blood stream. The liver also processes most of the K1 for blood clotting, leaving very little for the other tissues. That explains why vitamin K1 has no or very little effect on the health of our hearts and bones.
Vitamin K2, on the other hand, has an unusually high bioavailability and is absorbed very effectively by the body. That makes vitamin K2 the most effective form of vitamin K. Vitamin K2 is mostly found in animal foods such as meat, ofal, butter, egg yolk and certain cheeses. These foods only contain a small amount of K2, however, and would need to be consumed in large amounts to be effective. In healthy intestines, vitamin K2 is also sometimes produced by certain bacteria.
EnergyBalance™ Vitamin K2 is the best vitamin K2 product available:
Vitamin K2 in the form of MK-7
Unlike other products, the new EnergyBalance™ Advanced Vitamin K2 consists of the best MK7 form and is still protected through microencapsulation. In addition, only the 100% biologically-active form is used and declared in EnergyBalance™ Advanced Vitamin K2, as the 75µg amount is completely made up of the active MK7 all-trans isomer, which has the highest level of bioavailability and can provoke therapeutic effects.
EnergyBalance™ Vitamin K2 is vegan and contains no artificial colors, preservatives, gluten or lactose.
The advantages of EnergyBalance™ Vitamin K2:
- 100% is absorbed by the body
- quickly reaches high concentration levels in the blood
- retains the highest level of bioactivity for up to 72 hours
- activates all vitamin-K-dependent proteins
- ideal dosage of 75µ of vitamin K2 per capsule
Is EnergyBalance™ Vitamin K2 safe?
EnergyBalance™ Vitamin K2 is not a medication. It is a dietary supplement with no side effects. Vitamin K does not cause high levels of blood clotting because the proteins responsible for blood clotting are only able to absorb a limited amount of vitamin K. As soon as this limit has been reached, vitamin K no longer has an effect on blood clotting.
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