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Vitamin K2 for bone health
Vitamin K2 – A key factor for optimal bone health at all ages

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MONA E. MØLLER
Kappa Bioscience AS
Gaustadalléen 21, 0349 Oslo, Norway
 

Abstract

Vitamin K is important for optimal bone health throughout life as vitamin K is crucial for calcium regulation in the body. Osteocalcin, an important vitamin K-dependent protein, found in bone tissue binds calcium and ensures calcium is incorporated into bone. Vitamin K comprises a group of closely related fat-soluble vitamins. The most important naturally occurring forms of vitamin K are phylloquinone and menaquinones, also known as vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 (consisting of a group of menaquinones), respectively. Recent studies suggest that there is a vitamin K2 deficiency in the general population and that supplemental doses of menaquinone-7 (MK-7) (microgram doses), may result in improved bone health.


INTRODUCTION

 

Bone diseases present large challenges for society

Bone health is critically important to overall health and quality of life. Healthy bones provide the body with the framework that allows for mobility and for protection against injury. Bones stores minerals such as calcium which are vital ... ...




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