Natto Essence™


Natto Essence® is rich in natural vitamin K2, menaquinone-7 (MK-7) which strengthens and maintains bones and promotes healthy cardiocvascular system.


Natto Essence® is rich in natural vitamin K2, menaquinone-7 (MK-7):
– Strengthens and maintains bones
– Promotes healthy cardiocvascular system
– Patented encapsulation technology enhances excellent absorption and stability

Osteoporosis is a major public health problem worldwide, especially in an ageing society like Singapore. Osteoporosis increases risk of fractures that require hospitalization and may cause prolonged immobilization. In addition, many people who sustain a fracture do not return to their previous functional status and may require long term institutional care.

Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin that plays a critical role as a co-factor for the enzyme γ-glutamyl carboxylase, which is found in a wide variety of cells that catalyses the conversion of the amino acid glutamate into Gla.Gla proteins are important for normal blood coagulation and normality of bones and arteries.1

Vitamin K occurs in two biologically active forms: vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and vitamin K2 (menaquinones, MK-4 to MK-10). Different menaquinones differ in their biological properties. Whereas menaquinone-4, MK-4 typically exhibit short half-life of 1 to 1.5 hour, long chain menaquinones like MK-7 and higher are characterized by half-lives of several days.2,3Natto contains the richest source of MK-7. One study demonstrated that while intake of menaquinone-4, MK-4 did not produce an increase of serum MK-4 levels, a nutritional dose of MK-7 in humans is well absorbed, producing a significant increase of serum MK-7 levels, with a long half-life of several days.4

Dietary Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) is mainly found in green vegetables like spinach, broccoli and kale while vitamin K2 (menaquinone) is found in fermented food like natto, the Japanese fermented soybean. Apart from the well-known role of vitamin K1 in coagulation, studies have shown that vitamin K2 has various benefits, including improvement of bone health as well as reduction of vascular calcification and cardiovascular risk.

Prevention of osteoporosis and maintenance of strong bones
Vitamin K2 is widely used for the treatment of osteoporosis in Japan. It enhances Ɣ-carboxylation of bone glutamic acid residues and the secretion of osteocalcin, sustains the lumbar bone mineral density (BMD) and prevents osteoporotic fractures.5The efficacy of vitamin K2 on osteoporosis seems to be similar to that of active vitamin D3, and vitamin K deficiency may contribute to osteoporotic fractures.1,6-8

Various studies have shown that consumption of vitamin K2 has been associated with reduced bone loss in postmenopausal woen.9-11 The effect of vitamin K2 on the lumbar BMD may be greater in early postmenopausal (≤5 years after menopause) women than in late postmenopausal women. The reason for this remains unknown, but it is suggested that treatment with vitamin K2 should be started early in the postmenopausal period.12 Another study has shown that combined treatment of vitamin K2 and bisphosphonates (alendronate, risedronate) may be more efficacious in the prevention of new vertebral fractures than single treatment with bisphosphonate in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.13

Prevention of vascular calcification and promoting a healthy heart
A high menaquinone intake over 48mg/day was associated with reduced coronary calcification among 600 middle-aged women.14 Studies have demonstrated that vitamin K2 intake is associated with reduced coronary calcification and is inversely correlated with cardiovascular disease and mortality.15,16 Long-chain menaquinones like MK-7 have the most beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease, with a mortality risk reduction of 9% for each 10 mg/day of extra intake.16 No such association was found with the intake of vitamin K1. It is postulated that vitamin K deficiency might increase the amount of under-carboxylated, non-functional forms of Matrix-Gla Protein (MGP) and thereby lead to increased calcium deposition and cardiovascular disease.17-19

Safety of Vitamin K2
There is no incidence of reported toxicity for menaquinones.20,21Natto-derived MK-7 has been authorized for use in foods for particular nutritional uses, food supplements, and foods intended for the general population in the European Union.22

One animal study has shown that synthetic MK-7 is of low acute oral toxicity, where administration of a single oral dose up to 2000 mg/kg or for 90 days of oral administration of 10 mg/kg per day was not associated with any toxic side effects.23

Dietary menaquinones intake was not associated with stroke risk.24Studies in human volunteers demonstrate that natto-derived MK-7 has no effect on the clotting system in healthy individuals. Single doses of up to 1320 μg of MK-7/person had no effect on blood coagulation or fibrinolytic parameters (thromboelastograph pattern, PT, and APTT) in six healthy men.25 However, large doses of MK-7 may interact with anticoagulant therapy like warfarin.26

Supplement Facts
Amount per serving 300mg x 30 softgel / box
Ingredients Vitamin K2 (Menaquinone-7, MK-7) 90mcg
Vitamin D3 (Colecalciferol) 150IU
Vitamin E (Alpha-tocopherol) 10mg
Omega-3 (Fish Oil) 200mg
Administration Take with or after meals
Storage Store in a cool, dry place. Protect from light.
Natto Essence is not suitable for patiets on warfarin therapy, or patients with hypercalcemia or metastatic calcification.

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