We have all heard about the terms “Natto” and “Nattokinase”, but did you know they are NOT the same? In this article, we will discuss the differences between “Natto” and “Nattokinase”.


1. Appearance


Natto is the fermented soybean, a well-known traditional Japanese superfood. On the other hand, nattokinase is an enzyme extracted from natto, commonly recognised as the "slimy sticky strings" in a box of natto.



2. Ability to dissolve blood clots


Natto has limited ability to dissolve blood clots. Typically, the nattokinase activity in natto varies from 1,400 FU to 2,000 FU per 50g of commercially available natto. In contrast, the nattokinase activity in nattokinase supplement is more stable, and has strong fibrinolytic activity to dissolve and break down unwanted blood clots. The nattokinase activity in VesseCLEAR EX supplement, for instance, is 2,000 FU per 100mg nattokinase NSK-SD®.


*FU stands for fibrin units, which is an activity unit that quantifies an enzyme’s ability to lyse fibrin found in blood clots.



When looking for nattokinase supplement, make sure to find one with research-proven benefits! Nattokinase NSK-SD® is the No.1 Clinically Studied Nattokinase (backed by more than 35 studies) and recognized by JHFA (Japan Health and Nutrition Food Association) and JNKA (Japan NattoKinase Association) as authentic nattokinase. It is 100% natural, with high safety, stability and bioavailability.



3. Nutrition Fact


Natto is rich in purine and is unsuitable for individuals with high uric acid and gout problems. It also has high amounts of vitamin K2 (increase blood clotting) which may counteract the efficacy of nattokinase. Both components are absent in Nattokinase NSK-SD®. Natto also contains high calorie, unlike nattokinase supplement.



4. Ease of Consumption


Natto is characterised by its pungent smell and taste, which may not be palatable to some individuals. Nattokinase supplement, on the other hand, is free of natto smell and taste.



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LABO Nutrition VesseCLEAR EX


VesseCLEAR EX is developed by Japan Bio Science Laboratory, the leader and pioneer in nattokinase. It is made from 100% concentrated nattokinase NSK-SD® plus Elastin F. NSK-SD® is extracted from non-GMO soybeans which were fermented with Bacillus subtilis natto, via a proprietary process (Patents JP3834048, JP3881494) and results in an extract of high purity, bioavailability and stability. Elastin F is a readily absorbable elastin peptide extracted from bonito fish via a proprietary enzymatic technology from Japan. VesseCLEAR EX removes blood clots and keeps blood vessels supple and flexible for healthy blood pressure, smooth circulation, and good cardiovascular health.