On Saturday, I showed you how curcumin can help you avoid a heart attack even if you’ve had bypass surgery (which significantly increases your risk of having an attack). Today, I’m going to show you how to avoid the clogged arteries that can lead to a heart attack. Taken with curcumin and other heart nutrients, this treatment can significantly lower your risk of having a heart attack. In fact, one doctor friend told me he’s never seen any of his patients taking this combination have a heart attack.
The cause of clogged arteries is the accumulation of fibrin in your blood vessels. Fibrin is what helps your blood clot so you don’t bleed to death. But when it gathers inside your arteries, it can cause a clot that shuts off blood flow. This can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or other potentially fatal problems. So the key to keeping your arteries free and your blood flowing is to keep the fibrin from collecting on the walls of your arteries. And several studies show how you can do just that.
Researchers in over 17 studies have found that an enzyme from fermented soy can keep fibrin from accumulating in your blood vessels. The enzyme is nattokinase. Most of these studies focus on animals. In one of them, rats with a clot in their carotid artery regained 62% of their blood flow. But does it work in people? A study out of Oklahoma State University says yes.
Researchers from the university teamed up with JCR Pharmaceuticals and Miyazaki Medical College to test nattokinase. They gave 12 healthy Japanese volunteers (six men and six women, between the ages of 21 and 55) 200 grams of natto before breakfast. The researchers tracked fibrinolytic activity with a series of blood plasma tests. They found that the natto did indeed dissolve blood clots. And it did so rapidly!
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In fact, the researchers measured how long it took to dissolve a clot using an ELT test. Within two hours of taking the natto, their test results dropped by 48%. And the numbers continued to drop for eight hours.
But does it work over the long haul? Let me tell you about my good friend Michael. He started taking statins a few years ago when a scan showed he had some plaque accumulation on one of his arteries. His cardiologist put him on the statins even though his cholesterol numbers were normal. He was concerned about the plaque. Michael was concerned about the statins and their terrible side effects. After a few months, the scan showed no difference in the plaque accumulation. So he stopped taking the statins and started taking natto. He’s taken the nutrient for over a year (since his last scan). The result?
He just had another scan and his arteries are completely clear. No accumulation of plaque at all! His cardiologist was amazed. Needless to say, Michael was thrilled.
All of this means you can significantly decrease your risk of having clogged arteries or a heart attack by taking nattokinase along with curcumin and other heart-healthy nutrients, including magnesium.
Nattokinase is readily available at most health food stores and on the Internet. But make sure it’s a high-quality form, like the two products sold by Advanced Bionutritionals. If you already know you’re susceptible to blood clots or have plaque developing, then I recommend Advanced Natto Formula, as it has 100 mg of nattokinase in each capsule. This is the formula Michael took. If you don’t have a high risk for blood clots, then take natto (50 mg) and the other heart nutrients found in Circutol. Circutol is better for overall heart health and disease prevention.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Natto-Traditional Japanese Fermented Soy Beans with Recently Discovered Health Benefits and Novel Industrial Applications, Enzyme Wave, Volume 3, June 2002, Amano Enzyme, Inc., page 2-4.