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When red and white blood cells and platelets coagulate into a gelatin-like mass, you suffer a dangerous blood clot that can block the flow of blood throughout your body. That can set the stage for a health disaster threatening your brain, heart, lungs or other organs.
You can develop blood clots if you spend most your day in sedentary activities such as watching TV for hours, taking a long plane or car rides, working long hours sitting at your desk or a computer, or keeping your legs and ankles crossed whenever you sit. All of those stationary activities can potentially endanger your health and your life.
Keeping your seat
When you sit for a long period of time, your blood flow can become slow and collect in your larger veins. This creates a higher risk of blood clots within your thighs or calves known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) — a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein (a vein that accompanies an artery).
Close to 2 million people in the United States develop DVT each year, most of whom are 40 years old or older. Leg clots are particularly dangerous, prone to breaking free and traveling through the blood vessels to the lungs, a situation that can be extremely serious and even fatal. At least 200,000 people die each year from blood clots in their lungs — a condition known as a pulmonary embolism (PE).
But there are natural ways you can avoid becoming a blood clot statistic:
- Stand, stretch and bend your toes frequently.
- Walk around every hour or so, if possible.
- If walking is not an option, then stretch or bounce your legs, wiggle and flex your toes, and roll your ankles backward and forward.
- Keep your weight under control.
- Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration that causes blood vessels to become narrow and blood to thicken.
- Take all-natural blood thinners such as nattokinase.
Japanese discovery that busts clots
Nattokinase — or natto — was first discovered by American soldiers during the U.S. occupation of Japan in 1946. It was a fermented cheese-like food made from soybeans. However, because it smelled strange and seemed unsanitary in its preparation, the U.S. Army would not allow the Japanese or American soldiers to eat it.
But while conducting a test in 1980 to find blood clot-dissolving compounds in foods, a Japanese scientist rediscovered natto’s amazing clot-busting ability. This natural enzyme — made by adding the beneficial bacteria Natto Bacillus to boiled soybeans to create a fermented cheese-like food — was originally revealed more than 1,000 years ago by Samurai warriors. Natto has been used for centuries in traditional Japanese medicine for poor circulation, weak hearts, fatigue and other health problems.
According to multiple scientific studies, nattokinase can not only help prevent dangerous blood clots from forming and help safely dissolve existing blood clots to prevent clogged arteries, but it can also help:
- Improve your circulation,
- Prevent cold hands and feet,
- Relieve leg pain and cramps,
- Decrease varicose veins,
- Improve dull thinking or brain fog,
- Provide blood pressure relief,
- Boost low energy levels.
These benefits of the “stinky cheese” remedy can be obtained through eating the natto food itself or by taking a quality supplement containing the natto enzyme. By improving the blood circulation throughout your body, natto can make all the difference to the overall health of your body. It may even prove lifesaving.
Nattokinase: An Oral Antithrombotic Agent for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease — International Journal of Molecular Science