Vitamin K2, also know as menaquinone, has nine related compounds and are subdivided into the short-chain menaquinones (with MK-4 as the most important member) and the long-chain menaquinones. MK-7, MK-8 and MK-9 are nutritionally the most recognized and MK-4 is the most important. We use MK9 for our Vitamin K2 Primal supplements.
Vitamin K is a group of structurally similar, fat-soluble vitamins the human body requires for complete synthesis of certain proteins that are prerequisites for blood coagulation that the body needs for controlling binding of calcium in bones and other tissues.
The role of Vitamin K2 in our body is to go straight to our bones, vessel walls and tissues – excluding the liver. Vitamin K2 acts like K1 in the fact that it’s recognised as a benefit towards osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases including arterial calcification prevention.
Recent research also shows that K2 has the potential to show positive effects when it comes to fighting Alzheimer’s disease and a range of cancers. Vitamin K2 may also reduce the effects of varicose veins and skin ageing – making it a nourishing skin supplement.
8 foods that contain vitamin k2
- Dark green vegetables
- Matcha green tea
- Fermented soybeans
- Springs onions