Nattokinase For Chronic Lyme Disease
Nattokinase, another "biofilm buster" is being used more frequently by Lyme doctors for the very difficult cases which don't appear to improve with any other treatments - conventional or non-conventional.
Unlike lumbrokinase which has been used for less than fifty years, nattokinase has been used for at least 1000 years in Japan. It is a potent enzyme extracted from a traditional Japanese food called 'natto" which is a fermented cheese-like food that has been popular as a folk remedy partly due to its taste, but more so for its ability to correct heart and vascular diseases. It is produced by fermenting soybeans and adding "Bacillus natto"
The resulting enzyme is produced when the bacteria interacts with the fermenting soybeans.
The following quote is taken from Allergy Research Group's Newsletter (read here) in an interview with Dr.Stephen Hines:
"Lyme Disease is my specialty. I am a Lyme patient myself and I use myself as a test subject for any therapy I use on my patients. When you have a chronic infection that gives rise to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrom, you will deposit excess fibrin in your tissues, and that will trigger a secondary immune response. Your body deposits fibrin (defined below) so that organisms are inhibited from being very mobile.
"That is both good and bad. They’re not mobile, so they can’t do as much damage, but you also can’t get antibiotics or other medications to them as easily.
"Ultimately, in order to treat the infection, we want to get deep into the tissues and this is where nattokinase has a powerful role. I start my patients on nattokinase and build them up slowly, and once they have reached a peak level and the pathogens are exposed and vulnerable, I add in the antibacterial, antifungal, or antiviral medications."
Nattokinase, like lumbrokinase and serrapeptase is a powerful anti-coagulant with amazing medicinal properties for those who suffer from chronic illness - especially chronic Lyme disease..
"Lyme Fog" like Alzheimers is partially caused by the slow build-up of "amyloid deposits."
According to a recent article by Vitamin Research Products, another cutting edge lab, Amyloid deposits are particles of oxidized protein that build up inside all non-dividing, or post mitotic cells, such as the brain, heart and other key cells. Amyloid buildup slowly shuts down the ability of the cell to function properly and acts as an irritant, increasing free radical generation. (read full article here).
Evidently, brain cells are especially vulnerable to amyloid buildup during disease processes. Amyloid proteins occur in much greater abundance in Alzheimer’s disease and maturity onset diabetes than in the normal aging cells.
Over the past 40 years, only a few compounds have been reported to dissolve amyloid protein. However in January of this year (2009), researchers have discovered that nattokinase could cleave amyloid and enhance amyloid clearance. The researchers discovered that nattokinase, not trypsin or plasmin, has the ability to degrade amyloid.
So, nattokinase is showing clear evidence of clearing the brain of biofilms AND amyloid proteins.
Additionally, nattokinase is believed to help cure chronic Lyme disease due to its ability to destroy any infection residing in blood platelets as well as dissolving biofilms. This could be one of the reasons for its current success with the stubborn chronic cases where a variety of co-infections turn the blood into "infectious soup" - as the enzymes seem to clear up a multitude of symptoms very quickly.
“Patients are reporting that they have more energy, less pain and a clearing of mental confusion in the first few days of using nattokinase!” Patricia Kane, PhD tells of her experience using nattokinase with chronic diseases.
This special enzyme also stabilizes blood pressure shown in various studies, and due to the fortifying role of nattokinase as an anti-coagulant, veins and arteries retain better flexibility which plays an important role in preventing and/or treating high blood pressure and hypertension.
Dr. Chris D. Meletis concludes in his article for Vitamin Research Products:
"Hypercoagulation is linked to heart disease, strokes, hypertension, pulmonary embolism, venous insufficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes and migraines. Nattokinase has impressive blood clot dissolving or thrombolytic activity matched by no other enzyme. Consequently, nattokinase is an ideal natural approach to stop excessive coagulation, improve heart health, and reduce factors involved in a host of disorders."
Look for more information on a third miracle enzyme "serratiopeptidase", the final article in this three part series.
NOTE: This is a powerful anti-coagulant so it must be used with care. If cut while taking this product, contact your physician immediately.
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