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What Is Menaquinone-4 & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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Menaquinone-4, MK-4, is the most common compound in the vitamin K family.

Vitamin K is not just one vitamin.

It is the collective name for several fat-soluble compounds with similar chemical structures.

Menaquinone-4 Belongs To Vitamin K2

Dietary vitamin K is found in two main forms; phylloquinone, also called vitamin K1, and menaquinones, also called vitamin K2.

Vitamin K2 has several subtypes that range from MK-4 to MK-13. Menaquinone-4, MK-4, is also known as menatetrenone. Which is the most common type of vitamin K2.(source )

Benefits Of Menaquinone-4

Little is known about the bioavailability of nutritional MK-4. But it has shown some health benefits through research. (source )

You can see what kind of benefits MK-4 possesses in Menaquinone-4: 3 Research-Backed Benefits .

Menaquinone-4 Absorbs Better

Some believe that because vitamin K2 is in foods that contain fat, it may better be absorbed than vitamin K1.(source )

Foods You Can Find Menaquinone-4 In

You find Menaquinone-4 mostly in sausage and luncheon meat, poultry, dairy and egg products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Beef & Pork Pepperoni
  • Turkey Sausage
  • Broilers Or Fryers Drumstick
  • Meat & Poultry Frankfurter
  • Turkey Frankfurter
  • Meatballs
  • Beef & Pork Salami

Foods That Contain Menaquinone-4 In Our Nutrition Tool

You can find regularly updated top ranked lists of foods for over 200+ nutrients in our nutrition tool.

If you are interested in what foods contain the most Menaquinone-4 we recommend you visit our tool.

Here's our top ranked list of foods that contain Menaquinone-4.

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Sara
Niemelä

I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.