Tag : protease-enzymes
Tag : protease-enzymes
What if we told us that a powerful, all-natural supplement known for its amazing anti-clotting properties and ability to deter heart diseases and stroke existed? Would you believe us?
Probably not. And here’s the thing — we wouldn’t blame you either. In today’s world, nothing is natural anymore. People fight bacteria with medicine, injuries with medicine and heart diseases with (you guessed it!) even more medicine.
To come across a supplement that is both natural and effective at the same time is therefore a rarity. But it’s not impossible.
Yes, we’re now talking about nattokinase. If you are unfamiliar with this proteolytic enzyme, here’s what you need to know about it.
What is nattokinase?
Quite simply, nattokinase is a proteolytic enzyme that is extracted from natto, a popular Japanese food that is better appreciated by Westerners for its health benefits rather than its taste. As we mentioned above, nattokinase is a natural enzyme that has been used as a folk medicine for heart diseases as well as circulatory diseases for hundreds of years. Nattokinase can only be found in natto.
What are the benefits of nattokinase?
The benefits of nattokinase are very well documented and extend across the entire human body. Here are some of them:
Anti-clotting properties: When it comes to clots, nothing prevents them better than nattokinase — and nothing dissolves them better than nattokinase as well. This is mostly due to the enzyme’s ability to dissolve fibrin, a protein that is formed during blood clotting and that sometimes refuses to dissolve naturally. Furthermore, nattokinase also increases the production of plasmin within your body, the latter’s first natural defense against blood clots.
Lowers blood pressure: Nattokinase has also been known to lower blood pressure. Scientists attribute this benefit to nattokinase’s ability to prevent the formation of a blood pressure raising enzyme, effectively lowering blood pressure in the process.
Blood cleaning properties: If you are reading this article, chances are that your blood is crawling with nasty little things such as toxins and cellular debris. Over time, those toxins, undigested proteins and cellular debris can lead to blood clots… or worse. Nattokinase can help breaking down those unwanted wastes, resulting in a cleaner (and healthier) blood.
Is nattokinase safe?
By now you are probably thinking that nattokinase is too good to be true, right? Or that there must be a catch.
You are wrong.
Nattokinase is safe to use — most of the time. We say most of the time because (as is the case with most enzyme supplements) taking it alongside other medications can prove to be troublesome. Firstly, there is the whole matter of blood thinning medications. If you are currently on one, or if you suffer from a bleeding disorder, then we encourage you to stay away from nattokinase until you have the approval of your doctor. This is simply because nattokinase thins the blood and could potentially worsen an already dangerous health condition. And secondly, because nattokinase lowers blood pressure, it goes without saying that if you already suffer from low blood pressure you should steer clear of it.
No serious side effects are linked to nattokinase. And remember — people have known about this enzyme for hundreds of years! So if you’re curious to try it, what exactly is stopping you?
But just in case, we’ll give you a small hint: Protein.
As the name entails, protease (also known as proteolytic enzyme and peptidase), is a kind of enzyme that helps us digest proteins by breaking them down. Of course, this is a very simplified explanation of what protease actually is, but for now, this explanation should be enough for you. After all, you didn’t come here to know how protease breaks down proteins into amino acids, right? (At least we hope so because well… we don’t really know how protease breaks down proteins into amino acids.)
Instead, we know something even more useful. But before teaching you how protease could benefit your body, let’s first take a look at where exactly protease can be found… both inside your body and outside of it.
Where are protease enzymes found?
Inside your body, your digestive tracks produce most of these enzymes, including pepsin, trypsin and chemotrypsin. Outside of your body, protease enzymes can be found in several plant sources including papaya and pineapple. Protease supplements are usually derived from plant sources.
What are the health benefits of protease enzymes?
Protease enzymes offer quite a few health benefits. The first (and most obvious one) is its main function — namely, to help your body digest proteins. But what makes those enzymes so amazing is that foods are not the only things that they digest. Cell walls of unwanted (and harmful) organisms, toxins, debris, undigested proteins and other unwanted wastes all fall victims to protease enzymes.
Because protease enzymes do such a wonderful job at cleaning your digestive track, they play an essential role in keeping your digestive system working as it should. But that is not all: Recent studies have shown that the benefits of systemic enzymes may not be limited to the digestive system. Since they don’t stop in your digestive system but continue to make their way through your circulatory system and entire body, protease enzymes have been known to help with:
Should I supplement with proteolytic enzymes?
This is a question that you should ask yourself and your doctor. No serious side effects have been linked with protease enzyme supplements (or most enzyme supplements for that matter), so they are generally safe to consume. If you are on a blood thinning medication, however, you should steer clear of enzyme supplements in general. This is because they are so effective at thinning the blood that they may cause serious health complications for you.
To go back to the original question, should you supplement with proteolytic enzymes? We see no reason why you shouldn’t — especially if better digestion is something that you’ve been trying to achieve for a while. The health benefits of proteolytic enzymes are incredibly varied, so in this case, what do you have to lose? (And what do you have to gain?)