Top 10 Health Benefits of Nattokinase

Dec 11, 2016

Top 10 Benefits of Nattokinase

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.

Have you tried nattokinase? We would love to hear from you!

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Blood Clots  

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Posted by Feporam (Carlton, Pa, United States) on 04/21/2012
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I have a history of blood clots, my doctor started me on Nattokinase and, as long as I take it, I have had no further incidents. I went off of it for a couple of weeks and ended up with 2 clots, but they quickly disappeared after a few days back on nattokinase. This also has helped to ease my menstrual issues.

Carotid Artery Circulation  

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Posted by Glen (Montauk, NY) on 12/11/2016
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I started taking Nattokinase (2000 fu, once a day) a few months ago instead of a daily aspirin for heart attack and stroke prevention after reading studies on it. Interestingly, I got a slight case of tinnitus for a few minutes within 2 hours only the first two days of taking it.. just in my left ear. Felt like the inner ear was adjusting to increased blood flow. The noise went high pitched and then quiet. I also got a temporary pain in my left temple/brain. I suspect thought I don't know for sure this was a sign of carotid artery circulation improvement. Well I ran out of my nattokinase a couple of weeks ago. I ordered it online and had a week off of it while I waited for it to arrive. I started back on a few days ago and got the exactly same symptoms. Just for a day as my body adjusted to the supplement again. I am wondering if anyone else on this site had the same symptoms on Natto?

Fibrocystic Breasts  

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Posted by Kelly (Memphis, Tn) on 11/28/2016
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I've had painful fibrocystic breasts for years. A couple months ago I started taking Nattokinase after reading about it in one of the posts on this site (can't remember which page). I take it daily instead of an aspirin for heart health and circulation. Amazingly, I have no more pain in my breasts. 0%!!!! This is incredible to me because they get so painful the closer I get to my period. Hope this post helps another woman with the same issue.

I take 1 capsule of Nattokinase (2000 fu) with breakfast. The nattokinase I use has the Vitamin K removed (not sure if this makes a difference or not) and is NOT made from soybeans.


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Posted by Elaine (Flint, Texas) on 02/23/2011
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I have been reading earth clinic for about a year now looking for relief of 15 plus years of debilitating migraines. About 8 months ago I started taking 400 mg. Of CoQ 10 everyday and for awhile I thought I had my migraines under control. It wasn't unusual for me to wake up every morning with one and some days they would last for 4 days with the nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to noise, smells and light. I notice they started letting up some and came less frequent and for shorter duration with the addition of the CoQ10 but I was still having them just less frequently. This is where I decided to add Nattokinase. I take one a day and it's 2000 FU. I have been on the Natto now for a little over 4 months and I have not had one single migraine. I felt I needed to shout to the world my experience. The migraines had ruled my life for so long. Kept me from living a normal life. I hope migraine sufferers will try this combo and see if it works for them. I know I have stumbled upon a miracle I have long prayed for. Hope this helps someone else.