Nattokinase (fermented soy beans/supplement)

What is Nattokinase?
Nattokinase is a supplement derived from the Japanese Natto, which is a food made from fermented soybeans. Natto has a strong odor, somewhat like cheese, and a nutty flavor. It has long been used in Japanese cooking as a breakfast food and as an ingredient of miso soup. Nattokinase has been used in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, including atherosclerosis, deep-vein thrombosis, and varicose veins. It also enhances the body’s natural production of plasmin, which helps to prevent blood clots.

What are the health benefits of Nattokinase?
Nattokinase helps to thin the blood and to dissolve the tiny fibers that hold together blood clots. Nattokinase also contains vitamin K-2, which improves circulation by helping to remove excess calcium from the blood. Unlike aspirin, the use of Nattokinase does not tend to produce gastro-intestinal difficulties. In addition, research has found that Nattokinase can play an effective role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and may also help with the treatment of high blood pressure.

More information about the healing powers of Fermented Soybean can be found in the Herb section.

Where can I find Nattokinase?
Nattokinase supplements are available in health food stores and online in both tablet and capsule form.

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