Why is natto considered a healthy food?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Natto is a sticky paste made by adding healthy bacteria to lightly cooked soybeans and fermenting. Natto is a powerful food rich in the enzyme nattokinase, which has been shown to reduce the risk of blood clots and help break up the plaque associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Fermentation concentrates the power of the healthy plant estrogens found in soy and converts them into a form that our bodies can use more easily, which makes natto even healthier than tofu or soy milk. In Japan, people routinely enjoy natto for breakfast, served on top of rice with an egg split over it. You can find it at health food stores, Asian markets, or online.


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