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The OH found this in Whole Foods and called me on the cell phone to tell me about it:

http://www.jarrow.com/product.php?prodid=245

NattoMax™

Jarrow FORMULAS® NattoMax™ is an extract of the Japanese superfood Natto, which is made using soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtilus natto.

NattoMax™ is concentrated without solvents. Each capsule offers 2,000 fibrinolytic units. Nattokinase is a fibrinolytic enzyme that promotes healthy circulation by its effects on serine protease-mediated digestion of fibrin.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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micheinnz
Jul. 25th, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
Here, borrow my wire brush.
firecat
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB
betonica
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
enzyme chemistry
So, let me get this straight. They grow a particular bacteria on soybeans, and then pull out an enzyme called nattokinase that chews up fibrin (a blood clotting factor). You're supposed to eat it, and it's supposed to keep your blood from clotting (a "blood thinner" - like, but not really like, aspirin).

I wouldn't be happy with that if I thought it would work; dumping anti-clotting agents into your blood could be hazardous. Aspirin and ginger are strong enough, I'd think.

Thing is, though, that enzymes are specially structured proteins that need their structure in order to work. And guess what happens to proteins when they hit your stomach? Even if the enzyme weren't ripped to shreds in the stomach and small intestine, your gut wall will not absorb something that size intact (thousands of amino acids).

There. Ubergeek biochemistry lesson of the day. Aren't you glad you asked?
tedesson
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Re: enzyme chemistry
I didn't realize ginger was anti-clotting, I've only heard of it's anti-nausea, anti-bacterial properties.
betonica
Jul. 25th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: enzyme chemistry
There was a lab checking out something having to do with blood clotting time, and they were using their own blood for the experiments. One guy's blood would never clot. Turns out he regularly ate about a quarter jar of ginger marmalade on his toast every morning.

There are probably at least 1000 research articles on ginger. I'm not really up on all of its uses.

All that and it tastes great, too.
firecat
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Re: enzyme chemistry
"This supplement is a wallet-thinner. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration."

FWIW, the fine, highly accurate resource Wikipedia says that oral nattokinase has some effect in rats and dogs, but hasn't been tested in humans.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natto#Medical_benefits
abostick59
Jul. 25th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
"The goodness of natto, without the problems!"
firecat
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
nom nom nom nom nom
dreamalynn
Jul. 25th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Isn't natto the stuff wot looks like something in a kleenex after an overly vigorous round of nose-blowing?
mjlayman
Jul. 26th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Yikes. When I need meds to thin my blood, I prefer ones that have been tested properly.
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