Bob Capelli, the company’s vice president sales and marketing told NutraIngredientsUSA.com: “This discovery is particularly interesting because it shows that we still have more to learn about Spirulina’s value to human health—after 30 years of commercialization, we are still discovering new nutrients in Spirulina and additional benefits that can be derived through its use.”
Vitamin K2 has long been known to support cardiovascular health, blood health and strong bones. But recent research, cited in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has revealed that it can help to alleviate osteoporosis, aid circulation, lower the risk of vascular damage, and may be beneficial for Alzheimer’s disease, a variety of cancers and skin aging, according to the company.
About half of the 16 known proteins that depend on Vitamin K2 are necessary for blood coagulation. Also, it contributes to activating the most potent inhibitor of arterial calcification, lowering the risk of vascular damage.
In bone, Vitamin K2 strengthens the skeleton by activating a critical protein required to bind calcium.
Andrew Jacobson, president and CEO of the Hawaiian based-firm said: "The discovery of Vitamin K2 in Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica is exciting and further supports its nutritional superiority. Analytical results from an independent contract laboratory indicate that Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica provides approximately 15 mcg / 3g serving size or 19% of the Daily Recommended Value."
Cyanotech pledged to continue the search for new beneficial nutrients in Hawaiian Spirulina like Vitamin K2 and publicize them to the industry and to consumers.
Capelli concluded: “Besides being a great preventative SuperFood, it covers a lot of the missing gaps in most people’s diets in just one simple daily serving. One teaspoon of Hawaiian Spirulina has the equivalent level of antioxidants, enzymes, phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory activity as five servings of fruits and vegetables.”