Do you have high blood pressure and osteoporosis or worry about you might get breast cancer, stroke and dementia? “What is Natto?” is for you to lower the risks of having those illness. Natto is your best friends for menopause age woman.
What is Natto?
Natto is fermented soybean and it has been recognized as one of the most unique Japanese traditional health foods. So, this healthy secret has been in the Japanese diet for more than 1000 years and it was made by “accident” from boiled soybeans persevered in straw.
Natto has a gooey, stringy and sticky texture and smells like aged cheese (stinks!)
Why is Natto So Healthy?
Because, Natto will help prevents and improve the following diseases which the top 3 leading causes of death for women such as heart diseases, stroke, alzheimer’s and other dementia.
In fact, Natto contains natural enzyme called Nattokinase, rich vitamin K2 (rare in other foods), other vitamins, high protein, fiber, minerals and amino acids. Nattokinase was discovered by Dr. Hiroyuki Sumi at the University of Chicago Medical School and the research shows:
Nattokinase supports healthy blood circulation and is effective for preventing blood clots from forming and for dissolving clots that have already formed. It also, has vitamin K2 in natto is essential for preventing osteoporosis. Obtaining sufficient Vitamin K2 is not a problem for healthy people, because they have a colon bacillus that is constantly producing Vitamin K2 in the alimentary canal. However, when people become older, or take medicine containing antibiotics, this bacillus weakens and produces less Vitamin K2.
Nutrients and Benefits of Natto
If you worry about blood clots, eat natto for dinner because Nattokinase starts working 10-12 hour after meal therefore you can avoid form blood clots in a time period of 6 to 8 hours during sleep.
First, Nattokinase (Natural enzyme)
In particular, Nattokinase in Natto has a better effect than the Urokinase treatment used for emergency heart attacks. So, it naturally helps prevent and treat diseases just as good or even better than Urokinase. Therefore, break up blood clots, prevent clots from forming and dissolving clots that have already formed, improve blood circulation and lower cholesterol.
Second, Vitamin K2
Natto is rich in vitamin K2! Dr. Kate Rheaie-Bleue a naturopathic physician, estimates that about 80 percent of Americans do not get enough vitamin K2 in their diets. Therefore, the deficiency in vitamin K2 leaves people vulnerable to a number of chronic diseases, including: osteoporosis, heart disease, heart attack and strokes, cancer, brain disease and kidney stones.
Natto has benefits of bone formation and reduce bone loss, prevent osteoporosis, heart diseases and stroke, cancer, brain disease and the kidney stones.
Third, Soybean Saponin
Natto contain saponins which is phytochemicals. So, it has the benefits such as restrain fat absorption, cough and phlegm, lower cholesterol, improve liver functions, metabolism and blood circulatio
Isoflavone has similar effects as estrogen so will help you prevent osteoporosis, breast colon cancer, arteriosclerosis, ease menopausal disorder, improve sleeplessness, immunity and stiff shoulders
Lecithin has an antibiotic that named “choline” which changes its form into nerves transmission substances. So, it activates the brain function, improve concentration and memory. Therefore, Prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
More goodies for Woman 40+
First, Calcium that make tougher bones and teeth and help dissolve irritation and Polyglutamic Acid will helps absorb calcium.
Second, Dietary Fiber expands intestines, which make you eat less, decrease blood‐sugar levels and prevents making fat in your body. Also, the expansion of dietary fiber will help you excrete regularly and healthily without having to worry about constipation. In addtion, Soy Oligosaccharides increases good bacteria in the intestines that improve constipation.
Third, Aspartic Acid has a high capacity of holding moisture. Therefore, it helps smoothing and moisturizing the skin and hair. Moreover,Vitamin Groups are an antioxidative and helps prevent cells to be oxidized such as Vitamin E has the effects of skin protection and memorization, it restrain neutral fats, and ease menopausal symptoms. Vitamin B1 restrains neutral fat, help recover from fatigue and improves immunity. Vitamin B2 will help moisturizing the skin and hair and also good effect on intestinal regulation.
Finally, Natto contains others like Di-picolinic Acid is highly antibacterial which suppress 0-157 and Soy Peptide improve metabolism and increase energy consumption. Also, Selenium is antioxidative and anticancerist.
Must not forget, Natto contains Magnesium which has an antiulcer effect, antibacterial effect and the effects of disinfection. Also, Zinc that antiulcer effect and a good effect on intestinal regulation.
Natto does not have any side effects for healthy people. However, with some people who have health problems will not be recommended.
People who with genetic or hereditary blood disorder. E.g. Hemophilia, Blood coagulation problem, DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis Blood) or clotting diseases, are taking warfarin prescribed by the doctor, and has low blood pressure.
Where You Can Buy Natto?
You can buy natto in Asian stores and some health food stores. In particular, you must not buy the one that uses GMO (genetically modified organisms) soybeans. This is recommended for all soy products. No GMO Soy!
How to Store and Eat Natto?
Keep them in the fridge or freezer for any stocks. And a pack of natto comes usually with a little bit of soy sauce and mustard. Then mix them well until it gets stringer and thicker. In fact, mix it 100 times and then it is ready to eat. You can put it on rice, spaghetti, noodles, toast, salad and more….
Furthermore, Nattokinase lose effectiveness when it exceeds more than 158 ° F/ 70 ℃. So it is best to eat as it is or to put it over warm dishes and mix it together such as vinegar, yogurt, cheese, mustard, mayonnaise, wasabi, vegetables and Kimchi to ease ease the smell, taste and texture.
Bottom Line is….
It seems to be Natto has incredible benefits for woman 40+. Maybe Natto is the reason why Japanese live long! Thus, eat natto regularly and stay young. If you do not like Natto, there are more fermented foods in Food & Recipes. Try them and get your favorites in your kitchen.