Nattopharma and University of Maastricht renew partnership

The partnership began in 2006 exploring K2 discovery and its role in improving human health

NattoPharma has renewed its research partnership with the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

This renewed five-year commitment will begin with a research project to demonstrate vitamin K2 provides a novel solution for restoring vascular health in patients and optimising vascular function in a healthy population.

"Our work with Maastricht has helped us not only create the Vitamin K2 category but also to keep NattoPharma on the front line of research and development. The discoveries from research continue to confirm that an adequate level of K2 guides calcium to where you need it – in your bones and teeth, and away from your arteries and blood vessels where calcification makes them stiff," said NattoPharma CEO Kjetil Ramsøy.

"The work conducted in collaboration with NattoPharma will provide further research into the role of vitamin K2 concerning calcium metabolism, impacting various aspects of our health," said Prof Schurgers, Professor of Biochemistry of Vascular Calcification and Vice-Chair of Biochemistry at the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM), Maastricht University. "There is great potential in learning how these mechanisms impact cardiovascular health, but also the implications for other systems, such as bone, cartilage, brain, and pulmonary health."

A recent significant discovery linked vitamin K-status in COVID-19 patients to their outcomes. NattoPharma is supporting the research project to further explore these findings, examining the severity of vitamin K deficiency in COVID-19 patients and investigating the role of vitamin K2 for vascular health protection in the post-COVID-19 world.

"The first study represented an amazing finding, linking poor vitamin K status on COVID patients with poor prognosis," said Prof Schurgers, co-author of the study. "While we do not suggest vitamin K2 is a treatment for COVID-19, we expect this next stage of research may confirm that vitamin K2 could provide a novel solution for optimizing vascular health. Vascular health is important as this system needs to supply and support other organs, thereby improving outcomes for patients with comorbidities."

NattoPharma's ingredient, MenaQ7, has been the source material for all clinical trials studying vitamin K2 since 2006 when collaboration with Maastricht University began.

"We are grateful for our long and productive relationship with Maastricht and excited for future discoveries so we can continue translating it into products that serve the estimated 97% of the population eating a modern diet that is deficient of this critical vitamin," said Ramsøy.

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