Natural Blood Thinners

Natural blood thinners or chemical anticoagulants?

The blood circulation system carries blood to and from all parts of the body on an amazing journey through arteries, veins and tiny blood vessels that could stretch for 100 000 miles if they were laid out end to end.




This journey, like most journey's can be filled with adventures but also with dangers like heart palpitations, strokes and thrombosis'.

Anticoagulants (blood-thinners) are commonly prescribed for people in particular danger of developing blood clots, such as people who are bedridden, cancer patients, people with certain types of arrhythmias, and those who have had heart valve replacement surgery.


So the question is raised, can I use natural blood thinners?

My Husband was on Warfarin and the side effects were carefully documented and laid out by our Doctors equipping us with the knowledge that they should never ever be taken lightly.


Side Effects of Warfarin

  • risk of heavy bleeding

  • interactions with some foods and medicines

  • interactions with over the counter supplements

  • dosages must be carefully monitored by blood tests to see what the INR (international Normalized Ratio) count is, and the lowest possible dosage is then decided upon and prescribed for different periods depending on the diagnosis.

One nutrient that can lessen the effectiveness of Warfarin is Vitamin K.

Listed below are some of the foodstuffs rich in this Vitamin and should be avoided or taken in very small dosages.

  • Spinach

  • Brussels sprouts

  • Parsley

  • Collard greens

  • Mustard greens

  • Chard

  • Green tea

Certain drinks can increase the effect of warfarin, leading to bleeding problems. Avoid or drink only small amounts of these drinks when taking warfarin:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Alcohol


Caution

A strong caution to remember to follow your physician or herbal practitioner's recommendations rather than trying to self-medicate.

Mostly you will be pleasantly surprised by how much importance these well trained medical professionals often place on herbal alternatives wherever possible.


Once your medical specialist has cleared you for using natural blood thinners, check out the list below and when used in small and regular quantities, these foods and herbs can have powerful pharmacological effects on the tendency of blood to clot, which can help save us from cardiovascular tragedies.

Garlic

It's an ancient truth, garlic cloves are strong medicines against unwanted blood clots.

The Adenosine and ajoene in garlic have anticoagulant activity that dampens the blood platelets' enthusiasm to congregate.

It is no longer unsubstantiated folklore, garlic is full of potent clot-fighting compounds and powers.


Onions

When eating fatty foods, add those onions (which also contains the anticoagulant chemical adenosine.

The natural blood thinners in onions will help counteract the clot promoting powers of fatty foods.


Red Wine

A little red wine (yummy medicine dating back more than 4000 years) can often thin your blood thereby retarding clots.

The reason is not just the alcohol , but the complex constituents in red wine, including being a natural antioxidant. Always drink in moderation and with fatty meals to counteract the fat hazard.


Black Mushrooms

Black mushrooms contain several blood-thinning compounds including the same adenosine which is also present in garlic and onions.


Olive Oil

In addition to being one of the purest fats available, olive oil retards the stickiness of blood platelets which may help account for olive oil's artery-protecting powers.

Olive Oil can also used for

  • Bladder infections.

  • As kidney Stones Home Remedies.

  • helps healing of skin burns.

  • Curing dandruff.

  • Easing constipation.

  • Nappy rash.

  • Lower your risk of heart disease and cancer.


Cinnamon

This is an amazing herb, not only for its antithrombotic and antiplatelet qualities but also for the fact that it:

Evening Primrose Oil

Try this herb for a natural blood thinner and also for:

Ginger

Another versatile herb which can be used for a natural anticoagulant as well as for

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