Is nattokinase okay if you have candida?

by | Mar 8, 2012 | biofilm, Co-Infections, Columns, fungal infections, Healing Lyme, miscellaneous, nattokinase | 4 comments

Dear Stephen,
My question concerns nattokinase and candida. I understand that nattokinase is made from fermented soy. I’d like to take something to speed the removal of biofilm, but per my anti-candida diet, I am not supposed to have any fermented foods. I’m also concerned about GMOs– soy is often GMO. I suppose non-GMO nattokinase is available–is there a brand you recommend? Do you think taking nattokinase would be safe in my case? Would another biofilm-busting product be better, and if so, what do you suggest?

Stephen’s response:
I can’t see how nattokinase would be contraindicated in candida. It is made from fermented soy, it is not fermented soy. So, I would go ahead and use it. If you feel worse, stop, but it should be fine. I don’t have a specific brand that I like more than the others.

  • Stephen Harrod Buhner

    Stephen Harrod Buhner was an Earth poet and an award-winning author of twenty-four books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine including the acclaimed book Healing Lyme: Natural Healing & Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis & Its Co-infections.

    Stephen came from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, was his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

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  1. Karolina

    Dear Stephen.
    I would like to begin with you protocol, but I am not sure, how I should start dosing with wiegth 90kg and how fast should I increase the dosis.
    thank you very much.
    with best regards

  2. Andrew

    Natto is excellent for candida. Buy Magumi brand – it’s non-GMO and extremely effective. Incredibly healthy.

    You can get it online or at a Japanese supermarket, or potentially at natural food stores.


    I would like ask you a question about my health state and wait
    your advises , could-I?
    Thank you

  4. healing lyme admin

    Hello Ait Youcef,
    Apologies but the Buhner Healing Lyme Q & A is closed to new questions. Stephen is retired from answering questions at this point. You can try to reach him on his personal email here: but he gets hundreds of emails and cannot answer every single one. The best thing to do is read his books and search the archives on to see if your questions have already been answered. Best wishes, Julie

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