What is Nattokinase?
Nattokinase was discovered in 1980, by Dr Hiroyuki Sumi, who was working at the Chicago University Medical School. He was testing 172 different foods for their ability to promote healthy circulation, and Nattokinase did the job better than any other substance he was testing.
Since then, additional research has been done on Nattokinase, including 17 published studies in Japan and here in the U.S. The results have been dramatic to say the least.
But to fully understand the significance of Nattokinase, you need to first understand “blood clotting”. Blood clotting is a normal and necessary process, it’s what stops the bleeding if you cut your finger for instance.
Our body produces compounds that make blood clots, one of the most important is called “Fibrin”. Fibrin is made up of sticky protein fibers which look like a tangled spider’s web.
Fibrin’s job is to stick to the blood vessel walls and act like a net, form a lump or plug that stops the bleeding. Fibrin is also what determines the viscosity, or thickness of blood throughout our entire circulatory system.
Normal Fibrin levels will give you normal blood flow.
There is only one enzyme that breaks down Fibrin—an enzyme called “Plasmin”.
Remember, Fibrin is what’s forming a “web” that stops blood from flowing – so by breaking down Fibrin, Plasmin dramatically increases blood flow and thus brings down blood pressure.
Unfortunately, Plasmin production declines rapidly as we age. If the drug companies could “bottle” Plasmin, they would have a staggering gold mine in their hands. They can’t. But Mother Nature can.
Nattokinase is “Mother Nature’s Plasmin” and works dramatically to support healthy circulation in two distinct ways.
First, Nattokinase is identical to Plasmin, so it can break down Fibrin!
Second, Nattokinase enhances your body’s natural production of Plasmin, further helping to break down the Fibrin.
In a nutshell, Nattokinase:
- Supports normal circulation, blood flow and blood thickness
- Supports your body’s normal blood-clotting mechanism
- Supports your body’s production’s of Plasmin, which reduces Fibrin
- Helps to maintain normal blood pressure levels
That’s why I call Nattokinase the “Roto Rooter” for your arteries.