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  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 the natural stuff?

Side Effects of Warfarin 

  • risk of heavy bleeding

  • interactions with some foods and medicines

  • interactions with over the counter (OTC) 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.
  • The reading that is generally asked for can be between 2 and 3.  

And just by the way If you prefer the natural route generally then you must check these ones out as well:

natural diuretics

natural anti-oxidants

natural anti-inflammatories

natural antihistamines

natural antibiotics

natural laxatives

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


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.

What is the safest Blood Thinner to Use?

  • 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.

What foods help prevent clots - Onions Do!

  • When eating fatty foods, add those onions (which also contains the anticoagulant chemical adenosine.
  • Onions, believe it or not, will help counteract the clot promoting powers of fatty foods.

Red Wine - A Yummy Natural Blood Thinner!!

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

  • The reason is not 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.


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 blood thinner, but also for:


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

People ask - Is Cranberry Juice a Natural Blood Thinner?

  • The answer is Yes, so rather don't take it if you are on Warfarin.

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