Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer worldwide. A key area of risk within cardiovascular health is atherosclerosis, a disease in which plaque builds up inside the arteries causing blockages.
Plaque, which is made up of calcium, hardens in the arteries making them thinner. Thin arteries means less blood flow around the organs and body which can lead to heart attacks.
Who’s At Risk?
In the past, atherosclerosis has been seen as a condition that only affects the elderly. Chris Speed, nutritional scientist, dietician and Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at NattoPharma contends that this condition is not age- related but in fact a product of a vitamin deficiency.
NattoPharma is the world leader in Vitamin K2 research and development, and exclusive supplier of MenaQ7®, the only clinically validated and patented Vitamin K2 as MK-7 on the market.
Calcium Without Vitamin K2
Whilst everyone knows the importance of having adequate levels of calcium, what a lot less people know is that without Vitamin K2, the calcium cannot operate optimally. When the body has adequate Vitamin K2 as MK-7, the proteins are activated, directing calcium to the bones (where it is needed) and away from arteries and soft tissues (where it can do harm).
97% Of Western World Are Actually Vitamin K2 Deficient!
Vitamin K2 is a little-known yet essential nutrient that is very difficult to obtain through diet alone. For example, to get the minimum recommended 45 mcg of Vitamin K2 daily, one would need to consume either 4kg of beef, 5 litres of milk, 5 litres of whole yogurt or 8 egg yolks per day and only from grass-fed animals, ensuring these foods have K2 content.
A Proactive Solution To Heart Health
Vitamin K2 Works Even Better With Other Nutrients…
It is also worth noting that Vitamin K2 works synergistically with other nutrients that are already used in cardiovascular health products:
– Omega-3 is widely recognised as a cardio-supportive nutrient.
Traditionally, cardiovascular health has been a reactive approach, meaning drugs would only be prescribed or surgeries recommended once a person’s health has declined. It is one of the reasons that statins are the most prescribed medication for lowering cholesterol. However, this traditional approach is not an effective proactive strategy to health.
Clinical studies show that Vitamin K2 is an excellent combination with supplemental EPA and DHA Omega-3 to support heart and circulatory health. Wiley’s Finest Vitamin K2 supplement was the first in the world to combine Vitamin K2 as MenaQ7 and Omega-3.
– Vitamin D3
When Vitamin K2 is combined with Vitamin D3, you get the general health maintenance (bone, heart and cardiovascular support) plus the inclusion of Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is known as the sun vitamin which can also support healthy mood balance and reduce the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). A recommended supplement for this is Terranova Vitamin D3 + K2 Complex as MenaQ7®.