For over a thousand of years, the Japanese people have been eating a particular food called natto for breakfast. It is a sticky, cheese like food which is produced by fermenting soybeans with the bacteria Bacillus Subtilis — one of the “good” bacteria that keeps the intestinal tract healthy and working properly.
It is now found that this food dissolves blood clots better than any pharmaceutical drug. It also reduces blood pressure quickly and prevents thickening of the arteries. It has been shown to be a life-saving miracle treatment for cardiovascular disease, and it has even been used to ward off heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, dissolve blood clots, and many other health conditions.
In 1980, Dr. Hiroyuki Sumi, a chemist and researcher at the University of Chicago’s Medical School, discovered the fibrinolytic (clot-busting) enzyme in natto called nattokinase. In one study, Dr. Sumi placed nattokinase on blood clots at body temperature and the clots completely dissolved within 18 hours!
Since then, further research has proven nattokinase to be effective in:
• preventing heart attacks
• bone fractures
• gastrointestinal problems
• dissolving blood clots
Every year, 7.5 billion packets of natto are consumed throughout Japan, and this is believed to be the reason why Japanese people live longer, have fewer heart attacks, and stronger bones than people in the United States. Nattokinase is being hailed as the “miracle enzyme” because it has been scientifically proven to be one of the strongest defenses against heart disease ever found — even when compared to pharmaceutical heart medications.
Nattokinase is especially effective in dissolving fibrin — a thread-like “web” that forms around injured red blood cells to stop bleeding, form a scab, and induce healing. The body naturally produces plasmin, which breaks up and dissolves fibrin; but with age, plasmin levels diminish and leaves excess fibrin behind after an injury heals. If fibrin is not eliminated, it thickens and forms clots which can lead to serious and sometimes fatal diseases such as heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Research shows that the nattokinase enzyme has 4 times the clot-dissolving power of plasmin and supports heart health by:
• stabilizing blood pressure
• preventing the formation of unnecessary blood clots
• dissolving excess fibrin and existing blood clots
• boosting natural plasmin production and other clot-dissolving agents
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, the publisher of a well known natural health newsletter, and New York Times bestselling author, “One of the most beneficial effects of nattokinase is that it has an extremely powerful ability to disintegrate blood clots. Not only does it build your bones better than calcium, it’s better and cheaper than any cholesterol-lowering drug (like Lipitor) to keep your heart healthy.”
Synthetic blood thinners are expensive, short acting, and have serious side effects. Investigative health reporters from Medical Research Associates confirmed that a single dose of pharmaceutical clot-dissolving drugs can cost as much as $1,500 — and only actively dissolve clots for a few minutes to a half hour. Nattokinase, on the other hand, stays active in the body for 8-12 hours and costs less than $20.00.
Nattokinase not only dissolves more blood clots faster … it also lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. Researchers from Oklahoma State University and Miyazaki Medical College tested nattokinase on 12 Japanese volunteers. The tests showed that the time it took to dissolve a blood clot dropped by 48% within 2 hours — and there was an 11% decrease in blood pressure after just 2 weeks.
A study conducted in 2007 found that, “Among those who had high cholesterol (defined as greater than or equal to 220 mg/dl), eating one pack (30 grams) of natto every morning for four weeks lowered their total cholesterol levels by an average of 8%.”
In addition to the enzyme nattokinase, natto also contains vitamin K2, which is naturally produced in the intestinal tract. As we age, production of this essential vitamin decreases. Vitamin K2 not only prevents hardening of the arteries and ensures proper blood clotting, it also helps the body “hang on” to calcium and deliver it directly to bones. Vitamin K has been found to be more effective than calcium in building stronger, denser bones for a reduced risk of osteoporosis.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2006, found that, “Women who ate more than four packets of natto per week (40 grams/packet) reduced bone mass loss at the top of their thigh bone by over 80% and in their lower arm by 60%.”
Natto also contains anti-tumor agents that fight cancer. Its high levels of genistein (an isoflavone), phytoestrogen, and flavonoid compounds have anti-carcinogen properties that prevent chemotherapy and free radicals from damaging cells.
In addition to benefits that natto provides for heart, bone, and cellular health, it is also a powerful probiotic. Natto has been shown to reduce inflammation, alleviate gastrointestinal disorders (such as diarrhea and ulcers), and urogenital conditions (such as urinary tract and yeast infections).
Natto has a pungent, “dirty sock” smell and taste and a slime-like texture. However, it can be purchased or prepared with other foods and flavors that make it more palatable. Many people find that taking a nattokinase supplement is more convenient.
Article from Underground Health Reporter, under Nutrition and Wellness.
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