Pathway International* lobby Osteoporosis Australia for recognition of Vitamin K2 as important for bone health
1st September, 2020
The initiative led by Osteoporosis Australia and backed by the Department of Health is a great step forward in addressing the various challenges and financial burden around Osteoporosis, and educating the public about awareness and the focus on prevention at all stages of life. A nationally coordinated and government backed Strategic Action Plan allows Australians to begin taking those necessary steps in the right direction.
The plan calls for input from a wide range of partners, including public and private healthcare sectors, researchers, academics, and industry. Pathway International’s involvement is from industry and extends to include clinical data from researchers and academics. Pathway’s focus is on the first part of the challenge - Priority 1: Increase awareness and education with a focus on early prevention.
This is where an education focus on vitamin K2 is required. Vitamin K2 puts calcium into balance by directing calcium to the bones. Vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7) together with calcium and vitamin D3 is an optimal combination for bone health. Supplementation at an early age and throughout the life cycle is vitally important. Vitamin K2 offers key benefits for bone and heart health and the Western diet lacks this essential vitamin. There are many clinical studies on K2 over the last 20 years.
There are currently more than 60 complementary medicines available on the market from many recognised brands, yet the public awareness for K2 is way behind that of D3. This is the perfect time for Australia to take the lead in this area by including Vitamin K2 as another key ingredient in the “increase awareness and education with a focus on early prevention” part of Priority 1.
While the Action Plan only includes Calcium and Vitamin D3, Pathway International’s Wayne Coote has highlighted the importance of the emerging science around the perfect pairing of Vitamins D3 and K2 which together help regulate the calcium balance and utilisation in the body.
“Caruso’s Natural Health has a K2 + D3 softgel capsule product, and there are a few other brands in market. It would be timely for healthcare professionals to be made aware of, and educated around the benefits of Vitamin K2, either alone or in combination with D3, in order to recommend their customers and patients to take K2 in addition to calcium and/or D3” Mr Coote said.
*Pathway International is a privately owned Australian company that was established in 1995 to supply key ingredients to the complementary medicine, personal care, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and veterinary industries in Australia and New Zealand. Pathway International
supplies specialty healthcare ingredients to vitamin and supplement sponsors such as Caruso’s Natural Health for their Vitamin K2 and D3 formula amongst others.
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