You can say you heard it here first: a brand new double-blind, placebo-controlled study confirms that natural vitamin K2 in the form of natural MK-7 builds bone strength, helps prevent osteoporosis, and protects the heart.
Noted vitamin K expert Dr. Cees Vermeer led the European study which found that natural vitamin K2 as MK-7 (MenaQ 7 ®) significantly increases the strength of both the spine and the hip in postmenopausal women. The study also verified earlier findings about the cardiovascular benefits of this nutrient. Specifically, the use of MK-7 results in improvements in vascular elasticity and a decrease in age-related stiffening of the arteries.
The dose used in this trial was 180 mcg of natural vitamin K2 as MK-7, which is the level commonly found in Japanese diets. The trial lasted for 3 years, with relevant improvement in the hip neck area being apparent after 2-3 years. This explains why previous, shorter studies have not typically shown MK-7 benefits on bone and cardiovascular health.
This is surely welcome news for all of us who are looking to strengthen our bones and protect our hearts naturally. Personally I am delighted with this scientific validation of what I have been reporting to you for years — MK-7 offers great benefits for both the skeleton and cardiovascular systems.
For a review of my previous discussions of vitamin K checkout my video “The many benefits of vitamin K” and my article “Vitamin K: the overlooked bone builder and heart protector.”
Vermeer, C., et al., “Mena Q7 Significantly Improves Bone Strength and Prevents Cardiovascular Aging”, Pre-publication presentation, Vitafoods, 2012, Geneva, May 22, 2012
I’m Dr. Susan Brown. I am a nutritionist, medical anthropologist, writer, and speaker. Get my free weekly newsletter here.