Know Your Natural Blood Thinners

Keeping the blood from coagulating or clotting can sound strange, for isn’t it important for blood to clot naturally when you have a wound on your skin? Yes, we do need our blood cells to clot and stop further bleeding, but sometimes blood clots can start to form inside our bodies and interfere with regular blood flow, which in turn may lead to a stroke or heart attack. If you have a blood clot in your body (otherwise known as a thrombus), or if you are in danger of developing a blood clot at any moment, your doctor will prescribe special blood thinning drugs for you such as Coumadin. However, there are also natural blood thinners out there that you can take regularly with your doctor’s permission, and this way you can rely on natural blood thinners just as much as you do with Coumadin.

Berries are one of the best foods available. High in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and water content, these berries are also a good source of natural salicylates, which give an anticoagulant effect to your blood cells. Aspirin is also a salicylate, but it is an artificial source that may interfere with other medications and sometimes trigger Coumadin side effects, so if your doctor approves, enjoy having your share of strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and grapes.

Fish meat is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, essential polyunsaturated fats that fight heart disease by lowering cholesterol. Omega 3 can also give a slight blood thinning effect and help protect you from blood clots or keep them from getting larger. Albacore tuna, anchovies, herring, mackerel and especially salmon are good sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, and eating these fish regularly may help those who are taking Coumadin as well as Simvastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug, for the Omega 3 can help prevent Simvastatin side effects.

Cayenne pepper, cinnamon, curry powder, dill, garlic, ginger, oregano, rosemary, paprika, pepper and other spices are known for producing a heating effect on the body, and some attribute this to their blood thinning effects. Cinnamon and ginger in particular are widely believed to help keep the blood from forming clots and are both popularly taken among those living with blood clots. These spices can be pretty much enjoyed in most foods and drinks, but as with medicines as well as other natural remedies, talk with your doctor first before deciding to increase your spice consumption.

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