PL Thomas & Co. Inc. (PLT) of Morristown, NJ today announced the launch of Natural Vitamin K2 as a newly-available proprietary extract under the trademark MenaQ7™. Natural Vitamin K2 helps keep calcium in the bones and out of the arteries, providing significant potential health benefits.
MenaQ7 provides Natural Vitamin K2 as an extract of natto, a fermented soy food from Japan. Natto is particularly rich in the highly bio-available form of vitamin K2 called menaquinone-7 (MK-7). Studies of Natto consumption in Japan have linked menaquinone-7 to greater bone health and reduction in risk factors.
Natural Vitamin K2 also may provide significant benefit to cardiovascular health due to its roles in calcium utilization and promoting matrix Gla-protein, a potent inhibitor of vascular calcification. For example, in a study published in The Journal of Nutrition with over 4,000 participants, those with the highest natural K2 consumption had a 50% reduction in risk of cardiovascular events.
According to company President Paul Flowerman, "We are excited to introduce this ingredient exclusively in North America. MenaQ7™ provides K2 as menaquinone-7 with significant potential for health benefits. Also, the natural form of K2 is much more bio-available and has a longer half-life than the synthetic K2, called menatetrenone-4, that is currently available in the market."
PL Thomas entered into an exclusive agreement with NattoPharma, UK, to distribute Natural Vitamin K2, which is produced in Japan.
PL Thomas, a New Jersey-based ingredient supplier, offers 50 years of innovation in securing reliable, high quality raw materials for the food/functional food and nutrition industries. PLT is a one-stop resource for application solutions, current industry information and technical service, and specializes in water-soluble gums and clinically-supported botanical extracts.
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