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Default Vitamin K2 Marked to Stand Next to D3

Some here may know that vitamin K2 as been revealed to be the Factor X that that Weston Price wrote about regarding its fantastic health benefits.

Dr Mercola reports today that researchers in the Netherlands are revealing that Vitamin K2 is exceptional for preserving cognative function, osteoporosis, preventing osteoarthritits and treating arterial diseases.

Dr Cees Veermer PHD, from the research project in the Netherlands states that soon a simple blood test will be availabe that can be done in a doctors office, (or perhaps even at home) that will cost about $30 to determine if vascular disease is an issue as well as your Vitamin K2 status.


DV: There is another way you can do this. You can measure the activity of the Vitamin K-dependent proteins.
Matrix GLA Protein (MGP)
Again, we are coming to the area of the vessel wall, which has only one tool to protect itself against calcification: Matrix Gla Protein (MGP).
There are two forms: the active MGP and the inactive MGP.
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The active form is made in Vitamin K sufficiency, and inactive MGP is made when you have insufficient Vitamin K intake. If you want to know your Vitamin K status in the vasculature, then you have to measure the circulating level of inactive MGP. We have a patent on the method to do that.
This patent has been also granted in the United States, and this is a very accurate and good method that protects the risk of your arteries getting calcified.
DM: Thatís very exciting.
Are there any companies that have commercially made this kit, this assay that you patented, available so that the big labs like Quest or LabCorp can actually make it available to patients?
DV: There are several labs with high interest in this technique.
But, of course, you can imagine that there is a vast amount of money at play here, and we are now trying to select the correct strategy to commercialize this.
Suppose you have a method to screen the whole population for risk of artery calcification!
Another option of this test thatís a little bit different application is that you can more or less quantify the amount of calcium already present in the arteries. So you can do a pre-selection of those who need very expensive techniques like electron beam computed tomography and that kind. You can just take a drop of blood and you can record how much calcium is in the arteries.
Thatís unbelievable, but it works.
DM: Thatís very exciting.
Do you have any estimates, ideas and projections as to what the cost of this test would be? Will it be something under a hundred, five hundred, a thousand?
DV: The test itself can be made with just like what I call a microtiter plate essay or an automated clinical lab assay. And then we are speaking about, say, prices between 20 and 50 dollars or so. Maybe less, if it scales up.
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Okay, thatís very exciting.
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