In two recent studies, researchers looked at the effects of MK-7, a form of vitamin K2, on those with rheumatoid arthritis and the benefits to memory in using the traditional, Ayurvedic herb, bacopa. Here is a summary of their results.
MK-7 and rheumatoid arthritis
In normal joints, the synovium is a thin, delicate lining that provides nutrients for cartilage. Synovial cells make joint lubricants, collagen, and fibronectin for structural joint support. In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), this lining thickens and inflames.
MK-7 is one of the menaquinones, which doctors believe kill RA synovial cells. A recent study found MK-4 beneficial in RA, but MK-7 is more bioavailable, hence this study.
In the study, 84 men and women with RA took 100 mcg of MK-7 per day, or a placebo, while continuing on other medications. After three months, while the placebo group had not changed, those taking MK-7 had measurably lower levels of two types of inflammation, fewer of the proteins that degrade connective tissue in RA, and lower disease activity scores in 28 joints.
Reference: European Journal of Pharmacology; August, 2015, Published Online
Bacopa monnieri and memory
The ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine relies on bacopa monnieri as a nerve tonic. In this study, 60 healthy older men and women took a placebo, or 300 mg or 600 mg of bacopa monnieri per day. After four weeks, compared to placebo, the 300 mg bacopa monnieri group had better attention quality and continuity, improvements which continued through the 12-week study and four weeks beyond.
For the 600 mg bacopa monnieri group, memory speed increased at four weeks, and from eight weeks on, both groups saw memory speed improve, continuing through four weeks beyond the end of the study. Bacopa monnieri was safe, and all participants completed the study.
Reference: Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Vol. 2012, Article ID 606424
Betsy’s Note: This article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your healthcare provider, especially before beginning a new supplement if you have a medical condition or take a prescription medication. For example, MK-7 is contraindicated with blood thinners, as well as bacopa also thinning blood. Bacopa may be contraindicated with other medications as well.
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