Fibrinolytic enzyme in Natto

Back in 1987, researchers in the Department of Physiology, Miyazaki Medical College, Japan, published a paper in Experientia to show that there was strong fibrinolytic (meaning to break up fibrin, a protein in the blood used in clotting) activity in the vegetable cheese Natto.  Natto is a soybean product popular in Japan.

The activity of the enzyme was around 40CU/g wet weight Natto.  This enzyme is nattokinase.

The scientists were able to extract the enzyme easily using saline solution.

A novel fibrinolytic enzyme (nattokinase) in the vegetable cheese Natto; a typical and popular soybean food in the Japanese diet.

Sumi H, Hamada H, Tsushima H, Mihara H, Muraki H.

Experientia. 1987 Oct 15;43(10):1110-1.

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