Heart disease: top killer in Malaysia
The most common type of heart disease, coronary artery disease (CAD) is caused by plaque build-up in the wall of the arteries that supply blood to your heart.
Plaque is made up of fats, cholesterol, calcium and other substances. Over time, it narrows and hardens the arteries, reducing blood flow to your heart. In severe cases, it may cause a heart attack, stroke or even death.
How do vitamins K2 & D3 help?
Emerging research highlights the synergistic link between vitamins K2 and D3 in regulating calcium deposition in the bones and out of the arteries, for lifelong bone and heart health.
Vitamin D3 enhances the intestinal absorption of calcium and maintains healthy levels of calcium in your blood. Vitamin K2 is crucial for the calcification of bone. It activates osteocalcin, a protein which promotes the accumulation of calcium into your bones, while reducing its accumulation in soft tissues. It works in synergy with vitamin D3 to ensure calcium reaches your bone to maintain optimal bone density and lessen fracture risk.
Vitamins D3 and K2 and work together to promote the production and activation of matrix GLA protein (MGP), to bind with excess calcium in your blood, preventing it from being deposited in arteries. This helps reduce the risk for arterial calcification and stiffening, therefore protecting against cardiovascular disease.
Why choose vitamins K2 & D3?
For optimal health benefits, look out for a formulation made with a combination of high-strength vitamins K2 and D3.
|Vitamin K2 (menaquinone)||Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone)|
|Synthesised by gut flora and found in fermented foods||Found in green leafy vegetables, dairy products and vegetable oils.|
|Vitamin K2 in the form of MK-7 has been shown to be a bioactive compound in regulating osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and inflammatory diseases.||Primarily involved in the process of blood coagulation in the liver.|
|Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)||Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)|
|Made by the skin upon sun exposure; found in fatty fish, liver, egg yolks, etc.||Made from mushrooms and fortified foods.|
|Effectively raises vitamin D levels in the blood for a longer period||Inferior in raising vitamin D levels in the blood.|