Nattokinase and other enzymes...

Question from David:

"Warren, I was reading about the following 3 supplements and was interested in your thoughts.

Wobenzyme: Touted to be a safer alternative to aspirin. Acts as an anti inflammatory but no bleeding issues. Rutzym: Has the enzyme, nattokinase which is found in fermented soy cheese plus some other anti inflammatory enzymes which is supposed to eat away arterial plaque. Zeolite: A negatively charged mineral that through chelation draws the excess heavy metals like lead and mercury out of the blood for healthier, less stiff arteries.

Any opinions on these would be appreciated. thanks for all that you do."

Response from Warren:

Wobenzyme has been around for a long time and to the best of my knowledge is a good product. With regard to aspirin if it is blood thinning you are looking for it is hard to go past a quality fish oil.

With regard to the product Rutzym its main active is Nattokinase. The interesting thing is only one form of Nattokinase is approved by the US FDA and that is known as Nattozimes by the National Enzyme Company.

The 'unapproved' versions are produced from a bacteria which the FDA is not happy about. The approved one which we use is by fermentation.

Unless it is stated on the label the Nattokinase will not be the Nattozimes.

The amount of Nattokinase per serving in the product Rutzym is quite low at 25mgs.  Even lower when it is considered that it is just 25,000FU/gm. In our Cardio-Klenz we use 50mgs per serving of Nattozimes which has a potency of 35,000FU/gram.  We use the same amount in our premium versions of Total Balance.

But, in our Cardio-Klenz we also use Serrapetase which is another very good enzyme.  If you are looking for something to help clear arteries I think you will find that the Cardio-Klenz is a much more comprehensive and potent supplement for this purpose.

I looked into Zeolite some time ago and wasn’t particularly impressed mainly because it was marketed by an MLM company and some of the claims were way over the top. But, I will admit that I have not done detailed research on the various forms of Zeolite and therefore cannot give a considered opinion on it.