An anti-age vitamin that promotes healthy bones and blood vessels.
Clinical studies show that our bodies need a daily intake of at least 180 micrograms to achieve maximal beneficial effect. EQ K2+D3 therefore contains 200 mcg, and 40 mcg vitamin D3 in each daily dosage 1 capsule.
Who needs vitamin K2?
The research results published over the past decade demonstrate that vitamin K2 is an important contributor to the development of bone substance while growing up, it helps us to have strong bones through a normal life and reduces the risk of becomeing osteoporotic. In addition, there is evidence that a regular intake of vitamin K2 helps to keep the blood vessels flexible – which in turn reduces the risk of developing hypertension and cardiovascular or circulatory diseases.
Vitamine K2 (menaquinone-7), flaxseed oil (Linum usitatissium), vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), gelatin (capsule), stabilizer (glycerol), coloring (iron oxides and hydroxides).
|Vitamin K2||200 μg|
|Vitamin D3||40 μg||200%*|
*Of Referance Value RDI
Menaquinone-7 is a new and interesting vitamin, that is getting a lot of attention among researchers – both in terms of bone health and cardiovascular health. This type of vitamin K belongs to the vitamin K2 -group, and differs from the better known vitamin K1 with it’s better bioavailability – in other words it is more efficiently absorbed into the circulatory system, and is thus easier to distribute to all the tissues where it is needed, such as bone and blood vessels.
Vitamin K’s effects show themselves in that the vitamin plays a part in the enzymatic activation of specialized proteins that are needed for optimal physiological and biochemical processes. The most known of these is the activation of several coagulation factors – a necessary activation for the blood to be able to coagulate when needed. For this reason everyone needs a minimum amount of vitamin K to survive. A healthy diet containing i.a. green vegetables will provide us with vitamin K1.
Vitamin K’s effects are manifested through the vitamin’s action as an auxiliary factor of enzymatic activation of several specialized proteins essential for optimal physiological and biochemical processes. Most notable is the activation of several coagulation factors – necessary to clot blood and stop bleedings. This is the reason why everybody needs a minimum amount of vitamin K in order to survive. Through a healthy diet – including green vegetables – we get vitamin K1.
Vitamin K2, on the other hand, is hard to find in the Western diet because the vitamin is made by the “good” bacteria used in the fermentation of certain foods. Such foods are unfortunately too scarce in our diet, unlike in some Asian countries where you commonly find the dish natto. This dish contains high amount of vitamin K2 and is classified as a health food in Japan.
The most exciting field of study at this time around vitamin K2 is the effects on the cardiovascular system.
The focus of the studies is on how vitamin K2 contributes to the activation of a protein; the matrix gla protein (MGP). MGP is the so far best known and most efficient natural inhibitor for arterial calcification – or atherosclerosis. More research is still needed for documenting that atherosclerosis can really be affected, or that it is likely be reduced or perhaps even reversed if external influences and diet are changed. The earlier understanding was that atherosclerosis was irreversible – in other words once the arterial calcification had begun, the process could not be stopped or turned around to any notable degree.
So far, Vitamin K is best documented in relation to bone health. Decreased bone mass and bone strength may lead to bone fractures. This is why it is important to dedicate special attention to the vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for maintaining healthy bone structure. Vitamin K contributes to:
- Normal blood coagulation;
- The upkeep of normal bone health.
Although vitamin D is commonly called a vitamin, it is not really an essential vitamin since it can be produced in the skin by sun exposure. In many countries, the high and prolonged sun exposure and content in food can be sufficient. However, there is no international recommendations for how much tanning one should subject oneself to in order to achieve adequate vitamin D levels in the body. The disadvantage of intense sun exposure may cause an increased risk of skin cancer, hence the ongoing discussion amongst scientists concerning the use of solariums and sunscreens. This makes supplements a good option for maintaining the levels of vitamin D3.
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) is the form of vitamin D formed by sunlight exposure. This form is converted in the liver to the biologically active 1,25 dihydroxy vitamin D. Vitamin D3 contributes to:
- Normal absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus;
- Maintaining normal bone health;
- Maintaining normal teeth;
- Maintaining normal muscular function;
- Normal function of the immune system;
- The vitamin plays a part in cellular division.
Recommended daily dose
1 capsule daily.
Please consult your doctor if you are on oral anticoagulants, pregnant or planning to give the product to child under 1 year of age.
Good to know
- Dietary supplements are not to be used as a substitute for a varied diet;
- Store dry, at 15 – 25°C, out of direct sunlight, and out of the reach of children;
- Produced in accordance with GMP standards.