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What are the benefits of taking nattokinase?

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Nattokinase is an enzyme that thins the blood and reduces its ability to clot, which can prevent conditions related to blood clotting, such as stroke and heart attack, according to WebMD. Nattokinase is commonly taken for diseases of the circulatory and cardiovascular systems.

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Some individuals take nattokinase to treat or prevent high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, varicose veins and hemorrhoids. It may also be used for peripheral artery disease, chest pain, deep vein thrombosis and pain. Nattokinase may be useful for cancer, infertility, fibromyalgia and uterine fibroids. Additional uses include treating muscle spasms, chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis and a disease called beriberi, which is associated with vitamin deficiencies, states WebMD.

When consumed in appropriate amounts, nattokinase is likely safe. There is not enough evidence to prove that it is safe in large quantities, as of 2015. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid nattokinase to be safe. People with bleeding disorders should be cautious when using nattokinase. Because nattokinase thins the blood, it should not be taken within two weeks of surgery, notes WebMD.

Appropriate dosages of nattokinase vary depending on age, health and other factors. Natural products are not always safe and taking excessive amounts of nattokinase may potentially cause health problems. Individuals who are planning on taking nattokinase should speak to a physician or pharmacist about proper dosing before taking it, recommends WebMD.

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