Lumbrokinase is an enzyme extracted from a number of earthworms, mainly from the scientific name Lumbricus rubellus. This enzyme is commonly sold as a supplement to dissolve blood clots by pushing the breakdown of fibrinogen, a protein involved in blood clot formation. Therefore, supplementing with Lumbrokinase enhances cardiovascular health and supports stroke prevention.
1. Lumbrokinase health benefits
1.1 Promote cardiovascular health
✅ Lumbrokinase works to prevent blood clots from circulating in the lumen. Its mechanism of action is to directly dissolve blood clots. With this effect, Lumbrokinase is also used to prevent the risk of stroke, cardiovascular diseases such as angina (a symptom with the feeling of pain in the middle of the chest often due to obstruction of blood circulation, causing ischemia in the heart muscle). In a small 2009 study published in the health journal, researchers identified 10 people with angina with Lumbrokinase for one month. By the end of the study, symptoms of angina were significantly improved in 6 out of 10 patients treated.
1.2 Prevention of strokes, brain anemia
✅ Brain ischemia is the blood flow reduction to the brain, leading to the lack of oxygen in nerve cells (you know the oxygen demand of brain blood cells is often many times higher than other normal cells). The prolonged brain anemia can lead to many dangerous symptoms due to damaged brain cells such as headache, dizziness, memory loss, insomnia, fatigue…
✅ One of the causes of persistent ischemia is due to a blood clot in the lumen blocking the blood flow to the brain. Lumbrokinase works to reduce the risk of anemia through the mechanism of blood clots. A 2013 clinical study published in a journal in China found that 310 people with stroke who were hospitalized due to ischemia were treated with Lumbrokinase for 1 year. By the end of the Lumbrokinse group study significantly improved the symptoms of ischemia-induced anemia.
2. Notes when using Lumbrokinase
- Very few studies have evaluated the undesirable effects of long-term use of Lumbrokinase on humans. But since putting into use (1980) until now has not recorded any adverse reactions encountered in humans.
- Pregnant, lactating, and children when taking supplements containing Lumbrokinase should consult a doctor before use.
- Theoretically, Lumbrokinse has the effect of dissolving blood clots so there is a risk of bleeding. Therefore, some cases are taking anticoagulants such as warfarin or aspirin, people preparing for surgery … should not use.