Getting an optimal amount of nattokinase from its natural source, natto, would certainly make you ill, or at least feel sick, just from the look and smell of a dish of slimy ‘goo’! So many people prefer to get their nattokinase in the form of a capsule. You won’t get sick, or feel sick with a capsule because you don’t smell or taste anything.
Whatever your reason for taking nattokinase, perhaps its to build up a natural barrier to heart disease or to prevent high blood pressure, or maybe you need to take it to treat a minor cardiovascular condition you already have. But, how much of this powerful enzyme should you take?
If you were to get your daily dose of nattokinase from your natto and soy sauce recipe, then you would not know how much you were taking, because you cannot measure the enzyme content that way. You can only measure the weight of your natto food.
This is a valid reason why taking nattokinase supplements is preferred over ‘making it yourself’. There are pre-made natto products on the market, but you really do need a strong stomach to cope with the smell each time you open the fridge, let alone serve a dish of it several times a day!
Another reason to use nattokinase in supplement form, is because you are told the correct dose on the packaging. The usual dosage is 2,000 – 4,000 FU (Fibrinolytic Units) per day. I take two tablets a day – one in the morning and one in the evening (4000 FU’s), which helps my circulation and regulates my blood pressure. Ten years ago, I was in a car crash which nearly took my life. I spent 4 months in hospital, had a series of major operations and was left with a DVT because of hospital negligence.
I now wear compression stockings on both legs, which are really tight, to help my blood flow back up to my heart. They help, but not enough. Which is why I was delighted to discover the health benefits of nattokinase a few years ago. I NO LONGER suffer with the pain and swelling elephants feet, because I take nattokinase.
When the packaging of any supplement gives you a range of doses to use, it is always best to start with the minimum amount, and gradually increase the dose to the maximum, if required. While scientific experts don’t fully understand everything about nattokinase, they do confirm that it will thin your blood, prevent blood clots (DVT’s) and it does reduce blood pressure. So, be very careful when taking any amount of nattokinase for the first time.
It is a very strong and potent, albeit completely natural product, but you must remember that if you already have low blood pressure, a dose of nattokinase will lower it even further, which could cause you to feel nauseous and unwell. We recommend consulting with your doctor on this.
Your age could also be a determining factor on how much nattokinase you use every day, as well as your current level of health. You might only need the lowest dose, but you might need the highest. So, we say again, take the minimum and increase it if you need to. And you can be ‘secure of mind’ knowing that there are no dangers or side effects to nattokinase, unless you are currently taking an anti-coagulant.
It is always a good idea to talk to a medical doctor if you are not in perfect health, he or she might point out something that you would not think of. But, the only problem with this is that they probably haven’t heard of nattokinase as it is an ‘alternative medicine’.
Either way, unless you have aspirin prescribed by your physician then nattokinase may be a better choice for aiding your bodies natural plasmin, by thinning your blood.