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Nattokinase—The Natural Blood Thinner

How important is healthy blood circulation to you?

The significance of proper blood circulation can not be over emphasized. The ability of your heart to pump blood throughout your body efficiently and effectively is the cornerstone of good health.

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Unfortunately, there are forces at work that interfere with your heart’s ability to effectively move blood through your veins and arteries.
Some of these forces are natural extensions of the aging process. Others are genetic predispositions that have been passed down through generations. And, of course, others are risk factors that we created through our own unhealthy habits that leave us susceptible to cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Whatever the reason, mainstream healthcare has banded together with the pharmaceutical industry to offer a temporary quick fix for CVD, today’s number one killer. They have developed statin drugs to reduce cholesterol. They promote aspirin and warfarin to thin the blood. They provide anti-hypertension medications to reduce blood pressure and offer bypass surgery and angioplasty to clear the arteries. Essentially, these all help prolong the life of a patient with cardiovascular disease. But none of these drugs or procedures is without risk or side effects. So what do we do?

You can greatly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by modifying your lifestyle and adding nutritional supplements proven to support cardiovascular health. Research has shown that oral EDTA chelation is extremely effective in removing toxic heavy metals from the blood stream. And there are new studies showing that vitamin K2 can prevent arterial calcification. And of course, eating a lighter, more balanced diet, quitting tobacco and exercising regularly will go a long way towards heading off most cases of heart disease and stroke before they ever happen.

But, can you do more? Yes, there is something else you can do to ensure your circulatory system is operating optimally. But before we get to that, we’d like to first mention …

A word about blood clots

Blood clotting is a natural process that allows our blood to thicken and form a clot or thrombus of blood cells. When a blood vessel is injured, platelets clump together and strands of the blood protein fibrin glue them together in order to stop the bleeding. Eventually the clot helps form a protective scab over a healing wound. If our bodies did not have the ability to clot blood, we would bleed to death after even a minor cut, which was often the case with hemophiliacs before the development of pharmaceutical blood clotting agents.

But sometimes blood clots form even when you have not been wounded or cut. Although most blood clots naturally dissolve on their own without complications, there are two situations in which they can wreak havoc before they are reabsorbed by your body.

1) A thrombus (blood clot) can form in an artery and block the flow of blood which cuts off oxygen supply. This can trigger a heart attack and result in damage, destruction (infarction), or even death of the tissues (necrosis) in the heart. In the brain, blood clots also block blood and oxygen from reaching necessary areas, which can result in senility and/or stroke.1

2) A piece of the blood clot could form in one of the heart’s chambers and then travel through the bloodstream, lodging in either an organ or an artery and cutting off the blood supply from that point, causing an embolism. An embolism is especially dangerous when it ends up in your lung, as it can result in a sudden lack of respiratory function.

The most common cause of these emboli is blood clots that form during atrial fibrillation. This is a disorder found in about 2 million Americans. In atrial fibrillation the heart’s two small upper chambers (the atria) quiver instead of beating effectively. Some blood isn’t pumped completely out of them when the heart beats, so it pools and clots. When a blood clot enters the circulation and lodges in a narrowed artery of the brain, a stroke occurs.

The chances of developing thrombi increase as we age

Although our human body produces several enzymes for making blood clots, it produces only one enzyme—plasmin—for dissolving them. The problem is, as we age the production of plasmin is reduced, making blood more prone to coagulation and clotting.

To make matters worse, fibrinogen (a blood clotting protein) levels rise as we get older.2 And high levels of fibrinogen usually lead to increased platelet aggregation, blood clots, and eventually heart attack or stroke. In fact, high fibrinogen levels are considered a more dangerous risk factor for heart attack and stroke than high cholesterol. A study of 2,116 men found that those with high LDL (bad) cholesterol but low fibrinogen levels had only one sixth the risk for heart attack than the men with low LDL and high fibrinogen.3

So preventing blood clots, particularly in older individuals, is a crucial step in preventing heart attack and stroke. And if you can do this naturally, without expensive pharmaceuticals and their nasty side effects, why not start now?

Nattokinase – the natural blood thinner

Natural nutritional support for normal, healthy blood flow and circulation can be found in the enzyme Nattokinase. Nattokinase has been shown to support normal blood pressure, dissolve blood clots and prevent them from forming in the first place!

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References

  1. Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke with Potent Enzyme that Dissolves Deadly Blood Clots in Hours. Health Sciences Institute, March 2002.

  2. Heinrich, J. et al. Fibrinogen and factor VII in the prediction of coronary risk. Arterioscler Thromb 1994, 14:54-59.

  3. Sumi H. Interview With Doctor of Medicine Hiroyuki Sumi. Japan Bio Science Laboratory Co. Ltd.

  4. Suzuki Y, Kondo K, Ichise H, Tsukamoto Y, Urano T, Umemura K. Dietary supplementation with fermented soybeans suppresses intimal thickening. Nutrition. 2003 Mar;19(3):261-4.

  5. Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke with Potent Enzyme that Dissolves Deadly Blood Clots in Hours. Health Sciences Institute, March 2002.

  6. Sumi, H. et al. “Enhancement of the fibrinolytic activity in plasma by oral administration of nattokinase.” Acta haematol 1990, 84: 139-43.

  7. Fujita M, Hong K, Ito Y, Fujii R, Kariya K, Nishimuro S. Thrombolytic effect of nattokinase on a chemically induced thrombosis model in rat. Biol Pharm Bull 1995 Oct;18(10):1387-91.

  8. Suzuki Y, Kondo K, Matsumoto Y, Zhao BQ, Otsuguro K, Maeda T, Tsukamoto Y, Urano T, Umemura K. Dietary supplementation of fermented soybean, natto, suppresses intimal thickening and modulates the lysis of mural thrombi after endothelial injury in rat femoral artery. Life Sci. 2003 Jul 25;73(10):1289-98.

  9. Maruyama M, Sumi H. Effect of Natto Diet on Blood Pressure. JTTAS, 1995.

  10. Nishimura, K. et al. Natto diet was apparently effective in a case of incipient central retinal vein occlusion. Japan Rev Clin Ophthalmol 1994, 88:1381-85.

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20 Comments

I am now on 6 and 7 mgs of warfarin, can I change to nato, and how.Had 2 minor strokes in June and July. Am 76 yrs old. had angeogram earlier and arteries are completely clear

I am 57 years old and have been taking warfarin 10 mg a day for 2 years. I cant take many of the supplements I used to take because of the warfarin. I would like to get off it.I was told by my hemotogogist that I needed to stay on warfarin indefinately because I have 2 hereditary blod clotting factors.. I had a DVT 2 years ago which started all this.
If I were to switch to Nattokinase how would I be able to regulate the proper dosage? Would I be tested periodically for blood clotting levels if I am not on Warfarin? I am afraid my doctors know nothing about these supplement alternatives.
Thank you for your reply.
Rachel Roang

I would like to see the answers to the above comments which naturally apply to myself.

I agree with Rachel Roang above, that doctors know nothing about Nattokinase. How about nutritionists, would they be able to guide one onto Natto from warfarin safely?

I have been on Warfarin for over five years due to a mechanical heart valve. I tend to be resistent to blood thinners so I must take 15 mg a day.  I have found that vitamin E suppliments have great thinning properties.  After just a few days, my blood is significantly thinner. Not so with other ‘natural’ thinners.

is it safe and advisable to alternate plavix and nattokinase.

I have essential thrombocytopenia and is on hydroxyurea and anagrelide. How can i alternate Nattokinase?

Go to http://www.naturopathic.org/

Any Doctor that doesn’t use natural meds is not worth his weight in dog dung.

my dr.wants to start me on blood thinners they only use drugs i don,t like drugs because s. affects can i take one cap per day of nattokinase?thank you Ross.

Hello Doctor Gordan!
My name is Yelena.My sister had stroke 2 years ago. She has Antiphospholipid Syndrom. Can she use Nattokinase suplemant to thin blood and refuse to take warfarin?
  Thank you very much!
  Yelena.

I would like to see your replies to these comments.

I am on Warfarn 5MG for Atril Fib. I now have a pacemaker Defibulator. Can I switch to Nattokinase? How would I make the transition?

For those who are looking to move toward natural solutions like Nattokinase, we applaud you.  However, you must check with a knowledgeable doctor before discontinuing your current medications.  The information we provide is not a substitute for a doctor’s recommendation.

For those who want to go a step further, please visit the Health Advisor section of our website.

yes i,m using nattokinase.

I would also like to know your comments to the above questions I want to get off coumadin and have been told about nattakonaise as an alternative.

I would like to know your commets to the above questions please.

For obvious legal reasons, I can’t advise people on discontinuing any drug that is being prescribed by your doctor.

What I can suggest, however, is that you go to the following page on our site where you’ll find a very sophisticated tool called Solutions Health Advisor. It is free, yet very powerful, and may help guide you:
http://www.smart-publications.com/health-advisor

You can also read my interview with Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, who developed this tool, here:
http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/view/doctor-joseph-pizzorno-talks-about-solutions-health-advisor/

Will Nattokinase replace Coubidin with no problems and how do you know how much to take

How can I measure my protime during my transition to an all nattokinase treatment for a-fib?

Which is the best way to take Nattokinase, as Natto or as an enzyme and which brand do you recommend?

Have read a lot about Nattokinase,where can I order this item

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