Vitamin K is an essential micronutrient, sometimes referred to as a coagulative vitamin. It occurs in two natural forms: vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and vitamin K2 (menaquinone). These vitamins act as coenzymes in the synthesis of some biologically active proteins involved in blood clotting. They are also necessary for bone and tooth health, and contribute to many other important biological processes.
- Vitamin K has been shown to contribute to normal blood clotting and the maintenance of normal bones.
Vitamin K1, which is more common in our diet, is processed mainly by the liver, and subsequently enables blood proteins to bind calcium. Vitamin K2 is less present in our diet, but some of our organs and intestinal bacteria are capable of forming vitamin K2 MK-4 from vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 activates proteins that are responsible for the regulation and secretion of calcium.
Mana is nutritionally complete food. Enjoy it as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
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