Nattokinase: Benefits Beyond Spike Detox
Nattokinase, an enzyme derived from the traditional Japanese food natto, has gained significant attention in the wellness community for its ability to break down the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. For this reason, it’s been a star ingredient in TWC’s Spike Support Formula. While recent discussions have centered around its impressive detoxification capacity, nattokinase has a rich history and a range of potential benefits that extend beyond this specific application.
What is Nattokinase?
Natto is a traditional Japanese dish made from fermented soybeans. Among its key components is nattokinase, an enzyme derived from the fermentation process. Enzymes are simply proteins that speed up chemical reactions in our bodies. The enzyme nattokinase has many diverse biological functions, and as such, has been studied for a host of potential health-promoting properties.
Improved Outcomes for Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients
Among the many health consequences of COVID-19 infection is pulmonary fibrosis, a condition in which a clotting protein called fibrin builds up in the lungs. This causes scarring and stiffness to emerge, making the regular expansion, contraction, and oxygen exchange that typically occurs with breathing progressively more difficult. Over the long term, pulmonary fibrosis can induce significant shortness of breath, and crippling levels of fatigue.
In one 2021 study, Nattokinase was provided to individuals with this debilitating condition. After taking Nattokinase for only 3 months, results showed that most patients experienced significant improvements in their mental and physical health, as well as in the severity of shortness of breath. Benefits were seen in up to 84.6% of the subjects.
Better Blood Pressure
Among the most powerful markers of not only heart health but overall wellness is blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) seems to harm just about every organ in our bodies. It is associated with diseases of the heart, the kidney, the brain, the visual system and more. It has such wide-ranging effects for a simple reason: our organs all rely on blood vessels to supply them with nutrients and energy. The health of our blood vessels is inextricably linked to the health of all our organs.
Nattokinase has been shown, in randomized controlled trials, to significantly reduce blood pressure in a matter of weeks. So this amazing molecule not only breaks down clots and degrades the spike protein, but it also moves this critical marker of health in the right direction.
The Bottom Line
While recent discussion has highlighted nattokinase's spike detoxification ability, it's essential to recognize that the benefits of this amazing compound extend beyond this specific application. From reducing blood pressure to improving outcomes for people with pulmonary fibrosis, nattokinase demonstrates a diverse range of potent effects. As research continues to uncover its full range of benefits, it remains a testament to the power of nature and the potential of traditional foods in supporting our well-being.
Nattokinase can be found in TWC's Spike Support Formula.
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