Nattokinase is an enzyme isolated from the vegetable cheese Natto a popular soybean food in the Japanese diet. This enzyme has been found to have blood clot dissolving abilities and prevents the red blood cells from a aggregating. It has been used to treat diseases of the heart and diseases of the circulatory system for decades. It is also used for pain, syndrome and a vitamin deficiency diseasecalled Beriberi.Getting an optimum amount of Nattokinase from its natural source would definitely make you ill or at least feel unwell, just from the look and odor of a dish. Most people opt getting their Nattokinase in the form of a capsule, you will not get sick since you do not fell the nauseating smell nor taste anything. Another reason for using Nattokinase in this form is because you are told the correct dose on the packaging.The usual dosage is 2,000-4,000 Fibrinolytic Units per day. However, the package gives you a range of dosage to use, I advocate that you start with the minimum amount and gradually increase dose top the maximum. Your age also determines the amount of Nottokinase you use every day as well as your health status.
Nattokinase is an extract that has been made available in capsules and tablets to be taken as supplements for blood thinning. The supplement should be taken as advised by the doctor since different people require different amounts and specifications of use. It is therefore advisable to see a professional licensed physician before using the supplements.Nonetheless, if you have an underlying condition that entails bleeding like internal ulcers, then nattokinase is not recommendable. Pregnant women and those with bleeding problems and poor clotting are also advised not to take the supplement. Similarly, those taking blood thinning medication like wararin,aspirin and heparin should also stay away from nattokinase.
Clinical studies are lacking to guide safe and effective dosing. Dosages ranging from nattokinase 100 to 300 mg daily have been used in some studies. Nattokinase, in combination with pycnogenol, has been used for the prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in long airline flights.