Nattokinase is a health supplement that is derived from a fermented soy product. Nattokinase is used as a natural remedy for a variety of circulatory conditions, fertility issues, and problems caused by inflammation.
To make “natto,” soybeans are fermented with the bacteria bacillus subtilis natto. The resulting food is an acquired taste for many people. It has a strong flavor in addition to a slimy texture. Nattokinase is the enzyme that is derived from the natto. A nattokinase supplement provides the benefits of natto to those who, for whatever reason, do not want to incorporate natto into their diet.
What Can Nattokinase Do for Me?
1. Lower Blood Pressure
Nattokinase thins the blood and dissolves accumulated solids in it. Consequently blood pressure is lowered.
2. Reduce Pain
Because of its anti-inflammatory effects, nattokinase has been used to help with pain from arthritis, including that of rheumatoid arthritis. Women with painful periods, especially if the pain is caused by fibroids or endometriosis, may find that their pain is reduced with a nattokinase supplement.
3. Dissolve Clots
Because nattokinase is an enzyme, it can dissolve proteins like fibrin, which are a cause of clots and blockages in the blood in the first place.
4. Facilitate Brain Function
Because nattokinase thins and cleans up the blood the resulting improved circulation improves oxygenation to the brain. This can reduce brain fog and may lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Assist Vision
Nattokinase have been used to treat cataracts and eye floaters because of its ability to dissolve proteins and fibers that are the cause of these eye issues.
6. Increase Fertility
Fibroids and endometriosis are both chronic and painful conditions that can cause infertility. Nattokinase can be used in these conditions to help dissolve the fibroids and endometriosis.
7. Improve Libido
Because nattokinase improves circulation as it thins bloods and breaks up congestion, it is helpful for low libido in men, especially when the low libido is caused by poor circulation.
8. Eliminate Migraines
Migraines can have many causes. For those whose migraines are caused by thick blood and poor circulation, regular use of nattokinase can solve the root cause of migraines.
9. Relieve Edema
A common theme edema is poor circulation. Because nattokinase improves circulation, a benefit of nattokinase is a reduction in edema. Clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) can also cause edema. Nattokinase addresses this cause of edema as well.
10. Heal Varicose Veins
The blood thinning and oxygenating properties of nattokinase make it an appropriate remedy for varicose veins. Hemorrhoid sufferers will be glad to know that nattokinse works for hemorrhoids as well since hemorrhoids are a type of varicose vein.
Is Nattokinase A Stand-Alone Supplement?
While nattokinase is a powerful supplement that can help a variety of health conditions, most people will find that it works best as part of a holistic approach to health.
If you are taking nattokinase for a serious health problem, you need to address any dietary or lifestyle choices that have caused the health problem in the first place.
Nattokinase is most likely to help you if it is one part of a healthier you. A good diet, daily exercise, sunshine, adequate rest and proper hydration are also important components of good health.
Is Nattokinase for Everyone?
If you have hypotension, nattokinase may not be appropriate for you as it can lower blood pressure.
Because nattokinase thins the blood, those on blood thinners or who take aspirin should not take nattokinase without careful supervision of a doctor.
If you bruise easily or are prone to nosebleeds nattokinanase is not recommended because it can make these problems worse.
Those with bleeding disorders or blood conditions (like ITP) should not take nattokinase as it can make your bleeding issues worse.
Women may find that the blood thinning effects of nattokinase makes their periods heavier. Women with heavy periods may need to avoid the use of nattokinase, especially right before and during their periods.
Because nattokinase is a soy based supplement, if you have a soy sensitivity or allergy, nattokinase should be avoided.
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