Anyone who eats natto (fermented soybeans) to obtain the valuable K2 M7 vitamin and enzymes deserves to live to 105. Okay, if you eat it frozen, 97. Here at the blog, we always go above and beyond to bring you news, stories and information. I recently read that people who suffered from low vitamin D or those who take supplemental vitamin D should be taking a *K2 vitamin as well because the K2 and D work together. K2 is supposed to be generated by the body when we eat enough mustard greens and other leafy green vegetables. But we all know that getting enough leafy greens seems to be impossible. This time of year when the temperature is hovering between cold, colder, or damp with a chance of shivers, the thought of a huge salad just doesn’t make the grade.
There are supplements for K2 M4 and M7 (My parents are trying LifeExtension Super K and it seems to be useful.)
Some of us insisted on trying the natural sources of K2. There are none higher in the right bacteria, enzymes and K2 M7 than natto. Gouda cheese, edam and brie have some K2, but nowhere near a full day’s supply. Nevertheless, I immediately downed a wedge of brie (and not those tiny wedges either. I mean a wedge cut from a wheel of brie. I’m very enthusiastic about
cheese my health.
Of course, natto also has an ingredient called nattokinaise that you can’t get from cheese (It is also sold in supplement form. Here’s one brand: Doctor’s Best Nattokinaise. Here’s another that has good reviews: Jarrow.) Because I was confused about how to get the full benefits — do I take both supplements, or try just one? I decided to go natural and eat the natto. I even knew what I was getting into because I’d come across natto in Japan many years ago.
I tried Natural Grocery, but they don’t carry it, so I went to the Asian store. They had natto in little packets in the frozen section. Frozen sounds like a very good idea for a product that literally oozes. Since K vitamins require fat for absorption, I went with some brie and a frozen chunk of natto together. I tried to swallow the chunk whole but ended up having to chew it some. For the most part I couldn’t taste it, although hints of hell and sulfur did threaten.
Thankfully the actual amount necessary for daily needs of K2 and any related enzymes is about half a tablespoon of natto. I’ve “eaten” it for two days now. I do not feel twenty-five again, but I also haven’t died.
I suspect that I’d have to eat natto for a month or so before any real results show. Thus, I’ve ordered three pounds of edam. I’ll keep you informed.
*From what I read, K1 and K2 should not be consumed if you are on a blood thinner, as some forms of K vitamins regulate blood clotting. Consult your doctor if you are on any medications, especially blood thinners.
Over and out and happy holiday eating. Grab some edam or gouda and indulge in some extra vitamins while you’re at that holiday party!