Life is in The Blood
December 17, 2008 by Bob Livingston
Life is in the blood only when it circulates adequately. Better stated, life and health IS healthy blood circulation. Is the viscosity of our blood like water or syrup? We certainly need to know quickly.
Thick blood leads to blood clots, which quickly leads to heart attack or stroke.
Did you know that our blood gets thicker as we get older, and did you know that thick blood causes aging?
Thick blood is directly related to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Blood pressure rises as the heart pumps harder to compensate for aging. Of course, the thinner our blood is, the less work it takes to pump it, and the lower our blood pressure.
Most of us don’t think much about how thick our blood is until we have a problem. Then we are in an emergency.
Most heart patients or stroke victims are all too familiar with “blood thinners.” But they always get familiar with blood viscosity after a crisis. After all, this is the way modern medicine works. The problem arises, then the doctor prescribes a drug—it’s automatic.
But I tell you that only in a few years our conventional medical practice will be looked back on as witchcraft. It is anything but science, yet its influence is like religion.
Conventional medicine has the public mind focused on heparin, Coumadin® (rat poison) and aspirin as blood thinners. Then there are the clot-busting, very expensive drugs like streptokinase, activase and urokinase. Then, of course, there is bypass surgery.
None of the above cures anything. But the public doesn’t know the difference between masking a symptom with a drug and a cure. They automatically think that they are one and the same.
Doctors just don’t know or care about natural blood thinners like fish oils, vitamin E, magnesium, vitamin C, gingko biloba and niacin.
Coumadin® (rat poison) is a very well known prescription drug blood thinner. The risk with this high profile drug is that it can and does cause hemorrhage and sometimes death. The bleeding may be internal and can kill you before you realize it. There is no such thing as taking Coumadin® without doctor supervision.
Yet none of the natural blood thinners have any risk unless you take them with Coumadin®.
Good blood circulation is directly related to good health and thin blood is directly related to good blood circulation.
The ultimate error in increased blood viscosity is a blood clot leading to heart attack or stroke.
Blood is supposed to coagulate, otherwise nobody on earth would be alive. But the problem is hyper-coagulation. Our bodies produce several blood clot-making substances—or thrombi—but only one major clot-busting enzyme called plasmin. It seems that there is a critical imbalance between clot-making compounds and clot-busting compounds in our bodies. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have circulation disease from increased blood viscosity and hyper-coagulation.
The problem is nobody tests for thick blood unless there have already been symptoms of vascular disease or a heart attack or stroke.
High blood viscosity and hyper-coagulability are directly linked to many diseases and aging. Diabetes is a prime example of obvious aging with increased risk for having heart attacks and strokes. Diabetes does make the blood more viscous.
It gets worse. Increased blood viscosity or hyper-coagulability can be linked to:
- chronic fatigue
- multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Crohn’s disease
- high blood pressure
- rheumatoid arthritis
- optic neuritis
So, high blood viscosity is a risk for a total health breakdown and few people seem to be aware of it.
Diet and stress lead almost every American to some degree of heart disease. Age and diet bring on increased blood viscosity and hyper-coagulability. We have said that this predicts more than the high risk of coronary blood clot or a cerebral blood clot. There are multiple manifestations of serious disease.
What to do? The automatic answer is take preventive action, a drugless action. One solution is nattokinase, or natto for short.
Nattokinase is fermented boiled soybeans with added bacillus natto bacteria. The Japanese have used it for 1,000 years as a folk remedy for heart and vascular disease and fatigue. It has no known adverse effects. It is a food and it is safe.
Nattokinase has very strong anti-clot activity. It has an enzyme that prevents the formation of clots and it will dissolve blood clots already formed. It also thins the blood safely. It has no risk when not taken with drug blood thinners.
If one has already had a stroke or heart attack, certainly natto is indicated under medical supervision to avoid the risk of hemorrhage when used with blood thinner drugs.
If nattokinase is therapeutic in dissolving blood clots and if natto is preventive in keeping blood clots from forming, who should take a natto supplement? The answer would be everybody over 30 years old since there is no risk outside of blood thinner drugs.
In any complex fluid, whether it’s blood or paint, the thinner it is, the less work it takes to pump it. Therefore, the thinner the blood, the easier it is for your heart to pump it around your body, the less arteries will have to stretch and the less injury the arteries will sustain. That’s what natto doe—it lowers blood viscosity.
Natto helps normalize blood pressure. There are no studies that indicate that nattokinase would lower or raise normal blood pressure. The properties of nattokinase closely resemble plasmin, the only main enzyme produced by the body to dissolve and break down blood clots.
What makes nattokinase a particularly potent treatment is that it enhances the body’s natural ability to fight blood clots in several different ways. And since it closely resembles our body plasmin, it dissolves fibrin (which makes blood clot) while enhancing the body’s own ability to produce plasmin and other clot-dissolving agents.
What you are doing with natto is compensating for poor production of thrombolytic enzymes that almost surely comes with aging. Any natural agent that improves blood flow should improve health and this would most definitely include dementia.
Natto may just be the perfect food, producing 18 valuable amino acids and an enzyme nattokinase that may challenge the pharmaceutical industry’s best blood clot busters. High price emergency room clot busters only last about four to 20 minutes, whereas natto is active for four to eight hours.
Life is in the blood, but health is in good blood circulation.