The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Archive for the 'Nattokinase' Category

    Is nattokinase a safe alternative to warfarin?

    Thursday, April 10th, 2008

    An enzyme called nattokinase can be extracted from natto, a vegetable cheese-like food that is popular in Japan.

    Research in the lab confirms that nattokinase has an anticoagulant effect.



    Nattokinase and blood clots

    Thursday, August 17th, 2006

    Nattokinase is promoted as a safe anticlotting agent. An email I received this morning described it as perhaps “among the most powerful of all methods to improve your heart health.” The source of nattokinase is natto, a vegetable cheese-like food made from fermented soybeans.

    The story is similar to other “miracle” treatments from the orient ? except for the part about the horses. The Japanese have eaten natto for a thousand years. They have a lower prevalence of heart disease. And western drugs are poison.

    Oops, I almost forgot. “Ancient Samurai … fed it to their horses to increase their speed and strength.”

    Here’s what I found.