Global Awareness of Vitamin K2 Benefits Grows

Katarzyna Maresz, PhD, president of the International Science and Health Foundation, was given the opportunity to present “The Vitamin K2 (Menaquinone-7) Insufficiency in Cardiovascular Disease, Osteoperosis, and Chronic Inflammation” at the 14th International Nutrition and Diagnostics Conference (INDC) September 2-5, 2014, in Prague, Czech Republic. Conference organizers reported that INDC 2014 attracted 259 delegates, speakers, and sponsors from 44 countries.

Dr. Maresz discussed the results of a recent study that showed vitamin K2 inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators by human and mouse macrophages in vitro, which provides strong evidence that supplementation with vitamin K2 should be beneficial for aging people.

“The presence of chronic inflammation are characteristics of two major age-related health concerns plaguing Western society: Cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis,” says Dr. Maresz. “It has been recently postulated based on epidemiological studies that dietary insufficiency of vitamin K, especially menaquinone-7, may be a leading factor in the multifactorial origins of the two conditions.

“This conference presented an amazing opportunity to engage scientists and researchers in a real dialogue,” she continues. “I am so grateful for the chance to speak to and with so many great minds searching for a real understanding about how we can help create a healthier society.”

The International Nutrition and Diagnostics Conference is an international forum for scientific discussion focused on understanding the relationship and connections between nutrition and clinical diagnostics. The aim of this multidisciplinary conference is to bridge the gaps between the specialists and fields of science as diverse as nutrition, clinical biochemistry, food technology, analytical chemistry, and medicine.

INDC 2015 will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from October 5-8, 2015. For more information, visit


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