New studies are opening the door for vitamin K2 use in a host of dietary supplement applications.

Todd Runestad, Content Director,

December 27, 2018

Compelling research is catapulting vitamin K2 into the supplement industry in products for all stages of life, from infants through seniors trying to preserve bone health and keep arteries flexible. In this podcast, recorded at SupplySide West 2018 in Las Vegas, Todd Runestad, senior editor at Informa Health & Nutrition, talks with Eric Anderson—senior vice president, global marketing & business development of NattoPharma—about “the forgotten vitamin,” vitamin K2, especially the menaquinone-7, or MK-7, form.

Key topics in the podcast include:

  • Research establishing vitamin K2 as a revolutionary ingredient for bones and heart health.

  • Follow-up research showing those who consumed the most K2 (from a specific food source) had 50 percent less calcium in their arteries, and 50 percent reduced risk of death from coronary heart disease.

  • Nineteen studies establishing MK-7 takes calcium out of arteries, where you don’t want it, and puts it in bones, where you do.

  • The latest human research showing MK-7 reduced hardening of the arteries—one of the top cardio killers.

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director,, Natural Products Insider

Todd Runestad has been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. He is content director for and Natural Products Insider digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for, Delicious Living!, and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still covers raw material innovations and ingredient science.

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Todd writes about nutrition science news such as this story on mitochondrial nutrients, innovative ingredients such as this story about 12 trendy new ingredient launches from SupplySide West 2023, and is a judge for the NEXTY awards honoring innovation, integrity and inspiration in natural products including his specialty — dietary supplements. He extensively covered the rise and rise and rise and fall of cannabis hemp CBD. He helps produce in-person events at SupplySide West and SupplySide East trade shows and conferences, including the wildly popular Ingredient Idol game show, as well as Natural Products Expo West and Natural Products Expo East and the NBJ Summit. He was a board member for the Hemp Industries Association.

Education / Past Lives

In previous lives Todd was on the other side of nature from natural products — natural history — as managing editor at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He's sojourned to Burning Man and Mount Everest. He graduated many moons ago from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.


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