I’m sure you are aware already there is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol contributes to the fatty buildup that can clog the arteries. When this buildup clogs or narrows the arteries, a heart attack or stroke is more likely to occur. … A higher HDL number is desirable because it usually signals a lower risk of heart disease.
High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is known as the “healthy” or “good” type of cholesterol due to the fact that it scavenges and removes the “bad” type of cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL) known to clog arteries. A desirable HDL level is anything greater than 60 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
A study was done in 2009 that shows the positive effects of Nattokinase with Red Yeast Rice in increasing the good cholesterol (HDL) and reducing the bad (LDL). Natto by itself did nothing, but when combined with Red Yeast Rice, it made a difference.
Natto, made from fermented soybeans, has been eaten by the Japanese for over 1,000 years and is still important in their culture today.
Traditionally, the Japanese have enjoyed better health—including heart health. These benefits may in part be attributed to their high fish and seafood consumption. But the Japanese also typically consume the most soybean products.
As you can see from the study Natto while still being discovered by the Western World has many health benefits that the Japanese have known for over a thousand years.
Some more health benefits:
- Natto is the most concentrated known food source of Vitamin K2(1)
Some other sources of Vitamin K2 besides Natto
- Eggs yolks,
- Animal-based foods
- Over-the-counter (OTC) supplements
If you’d like to buy Natto and live in the USA, I’d suggest from my studies that you buy it locally instead of having it shipped from Japan as all shipments are frozen and can reduce the effectiveness of the product. There is a Company in New York that makes and sells Natto.
Or you could choose to take Nattokinase and Red Yeast as a supplement. I found a supplement online that has much higher doses for both the Nattokinase and Red Yeast compared to the study. It suggests 2 a day. I myself would only take 1 a day considering the dose. Click here for the link. You’ll want to see the warnings on the website just as you would any other thing you take.
So, at this point let me assume you want to eat Natto and red yeast rice instead of taking a supplement. How in the world do you cook it and with what to eat it? Good question! Here’s a video I found that may be helpful that I found on Youtube:
Some recipes that have Natto from Nyrture
May your days be filled with good health, good friends, good food, and most of all; much love,
Dexter D Black
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