What is Nattokinase? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 461

What is Nattokinase? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 461


InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world. When we think about the reasons why, we can look at dietary implications, the impact of stress and environmental reasons. Today, I want to talk about a key nutrient that has been shown is so many clinical research trials to be incredibly advantageous when it comes to the health of our heart and our circulatory system in general.†

The pros and cons of what we eat

There are things that come from foods that can be very harmful to our health and there are things that come from food that can be incredibly beneficial. When we think about the bad things, we know that there are a lot of bad fats and bad carbohydrates. There’s the lack of nutrients and the added chemicals. We can bundle those all into one bucket and say that we should try to avoid those foods.†


But what foods should we include? There’s one food in particular that has gained a lot of notoriety over the past roughly 20 years when it comes to clinical research and that is natto. Soy natto is something that has been found throughout different Asian countries to have these really pronounced health benefits. Natto itself is a cheese-like food that is made from the fermentation of soybeans.†

One of the most unique features of natto is that it possesses strong cardiovascular-protective effects. Nattokinase is a powerful enzyme that is derived from natto.†

How nattokinase supports the cardiovascular system

Much of the research on nattokinase is showing the multiple mechanisms by which the natto is working to keep the vascular system more effectively flowing. When we understand the cardiovascular system in detail, we know that its different parts help to distribute oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Capillaries, for instance, are tissue-paper thin and are very prone to injury. Research looking at nattokinase found that natto itself was really helping to maintain structural integrity throughout the cardiovascular system.†


Nattokinase is one of those things from nature that we can recognize can really help to enhance our health, so we should maybe consider adding it into our diet. Well, many people don’t like to eat natto itself, so the good news is that there is the high-potent extracted form known as nattokinase.†

Nattokinase has been researched for its ability to protect the body from the buildup of the protein fibrin. In doing this, they found that nattokinase itself can help to support healthier levels of fibrin. This would then correlate to healthy blood flow and better circulation throughout the entire circulatory system.†

In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains what natto and nattokinase are. She explains the history of how this nutrient has become recognized for its health benefits and details research about its important properties.†

Key Topics:

  • The bacteria involved in the fermentation of natto
  • How natto benefits the cardiovascular system
  • The anatomy of the vascular system
  • Research on nattokinase

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