Menaquinone as MK4 and MK7
Vitamin K2, specifically Menoquinone-4 (MK4) and Menaquinone-7 (MK7), is needed for bone and heart health. Vitamin D is promoted for bones, but focus on this in society has actually declined the health of our skeletal structure over time as Vitamin A, K2, and D all depend on each other. K2 is crucial for bone health, with forms MK4 and MK7 being the most important. While these are traditionally sourced from animal foods, with declining quality and availability we have sourced quality MK4 and MK7 via fermented garbanzo beans.
MK7 is usually in fermented soy products while MK4 is sourced from fatty animal foods, such as butter and egg yolks. It is important to note that healthy MK4 traditionally comes from happy grass-fed cows. With depletion of grass-fed practices or rich grass available to cows, it is difficult to trust these products contain much K2. Think about the rich pigment of chlorophyll in grass, and then consider the practice of feeding animals hay. Hay is clearly void of most chlorophyll, making it visually obvious what kind of diet these animals would need to produce healthy K2.
As for the forms of K2, both MK4 and MK7 are essential yet differ in their contributions. MK4 comprises nearly 40% of all Vitamin K in the body and is found in the arteries, pancreas, salivary glands, and brain. It is crucial for pregnant mothers as MK7 does not reach the fetus, umbilical cord, placenta, or breastmilk. It is rare, if even possible, to find MK4 in a prenatal vitamin. Weeks 5-12 of pregnancy are important for tooth development as well as the bones that comprise the skull and jaw. In adults it prevents bone loss and fractures. It is also found in the brain, responsible for structure of cell membranes, and has a role in managing inflammation and oxidative stress. MK-7 has a logner half-life than MK-4, helping to stabilize K2 levels for longer periods than MK-4.
Vitamin K2 is found in Cymbiotika’s D3 K2 CoQ10 formula in MK4 and MK7 forms. Our MK4 and MK7 are sourced from fermented garbanzo beans, providing a vital solution for everyone. We took the extra step to make our MK7 available in bioactive Trans form contrary to the inactive Cis form found in most supplements. Contrary to popular belief, Vitamin A, D, and K need each other for perfect synergy. We added beta-carotene for heart health and This makes our D3 K2 CoQ10 the most comprehensive formula in our signature micelle delivery system for maximum absorption.