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The Japanese Have Similar Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Levels as Americans Yet Their Hearts Are Much Healthier. Why?

Maintaining normal cholesterol and blood pressure levels is essential for cardiovascular health. But there’s another key factor many people, even cardiologists, often overlook: blood clotting.

If your blood does not clot enough, even simple cuts or bruises can turn into life-threatening injuries. But if your blood clots too much, your blood becomes more thick, or viscous — slowing down your circulation.

One fundamental difference between the Japanese and the American diet is that Japanese citizens consume over 50,000 tons of a traditional fermented soy food called natto each year, while Americans eat none. Could that account for the difference?

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