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10 Natural Blood Thinners

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Blood thinners are medicines used to prevent blood clot formation by hindering coagulation of blood. Formation of blood clots may expose an individual to diseases such as heart attacks, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases.

Clotting is a natural biological process that prevents excessive blood loss due to tissue damage.

The problem arises when an individual’s blood is prone to formation of blood clots that may break off and travel in the blood stream to major tissue organs like heart, brain or lungs. This can result to heart attacks, pulmonary embolism or cardiovascular death.

Blood thinners are known to exist naturally and also have been manufactured as drugs but have side effects just like any other chemically manufactured drugs.

The prescription blood thinners can also lead to excessive loss of blood from minor injuries or heavy menstrual bleeding. They may also cause dizziness, jaundice, headaches or stomach problems.

Prescription blood thinners fall into two groups i.e. anti-platelet (such as Aspirin) and anticoagulants (such as heparin or warfarin).

Anticoagulants function by preventing the liver from using vitamin K to make proteins necessary for blood clotting. Anti-platelets prevent the functionality of platelets – it influences this blood cell necessary for blood clotting from releasing thromboxane that is required for the process of blood coagulation.

Compared to prescription blood thinners, there are naturally existing vegetables or greens and plants that contain the two important therapeutic effects (anticoagulants and anti-platelets) that can be used to serve the same purpose and reduce the risk of side effects.

Vegetables and nuts are a common source of vitamins like vitamin K which acts as an anticoagulant and vitamin E which acts as an anti-platelet.

Natural Blood Thinners

The 10 main natural sources that can be used as thinners are:

1. Turmeric

It contains an active ingredient known as Curcumin that works as an anti-platelet. Turmeric can be used as food spice. It has also been used as a folk medicine for decades.

2. Ginger

Ginger can also be used as a food spice just like Turmeric. It contains salicylate acid whose derivative is acetyl salicylic acid also known as Aspirin, a popular prescription blood thinner. Other foods that contain salicylate acid that can be considered are Avocados, certain berries, chilies and cherries.

3. Foods rich in vitamin E

Vitamin E has anti-clotting properties. Individuals that are at risk of suffering from blood clotting can feed on certain foods like whole grain wheat products, certain nuts and a few greens like spinach. These foods are a rich source of Vitamin E. Spinach is also a source of Vitamin K which has an anti-coagulant effect.

4. Garlic

Garlic contains antioxidants that clear body from free radicals that can damage cells. Garlic is also know to reduce blood pressure and stop platelet aggregation thereby improving blood flow.

5. Omega 3 fatty acids

They are commonly found in fish. They reduce inflammation in the body and also believed to prevent platelets from coagulating.

6. Olive oils

It is popularly used as a cooking oil. It contains antioxidants that reduce free radicals and prevent inflammation that may potentially cause cell damage along the arteries hence unnecessary blood clots.

7. Grapes, raisins and prunes

These fruits contain salicylate Acid which is a derivative of Acetyl salicylic acid also known as Aspirin. Aspirin is an anti-platelet and hence can be supplemented by these fruits. These fruits are also used in making wine, therefore wine can also be used as an alternative.

8. Cayenne pepper and vitamin C

Cayenne pepper also known as “King of herbs” is very rich in antioxidants that are also necessary for the eradication of free radicals in the body. Together with vitamin C, they are excellent for heart and overall cardiovascular health.

9. Onion

It is a common spice used in most meals. Unknown to many, it also contains salicylate acid which has anti-platelet properties.

10. Almonds and walnuts

Fights cholesterol that may accumulate in the blood vessels causing the thickening of the vessels hence increased blood pressure and tissue damage. They also help in preventing inflammation that cause tissue damage and prompt formation of blot clots.

Other blood thinners that naturally exists include: Gingko biloba, Oregano, Cinnamon, Vitamin B6, Dill and Bromelain etc.

Furthermore, apart from the use of naturally existing food products, physical exercise can also be significant in protecting against unnecessary blood clotting and other conditions that may prompt the need of blood thinners.

These natural blood thinners can serve as the best alternative to medications. They have no adverse effects compared to prescription thinners.

Unlike prescription thinners that are limited to particular patients as per their respective conditions, they can be taken by most individuals.


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