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Is It OK to Take Omega-3 Oils With Coumadin?

Tuesday, 01 June 2010 10:43 AM

Question: Is it OK to take omega-3 oils with Coumadin? Is there a natural substitute?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

No, you should not take omega-3 oils with any anti-coagulant, especially if it is high in the EPA component, which is the major contributor to its anti-coagulation effects.

There are a number of alternatives to these drugs, including omega-3 oils themselves. It has always baffled me that doctors will tell patients not to take omega-3 oil, Ginkgo biloba, or other "natural" products because they will add to the anti-coagulant effects of their drugs. So, one would conclude, why not just take the natural anticoagulants?

Ginkgo biloba not only reduces platelet adhesion, it improves blood flow in the microvessels, is a powerful antioxidant, supplies energy to cells (especially heart and brain cells), and has essentially no serious side effects. Coumadin (warfarin sodium) only acts as an anti-coagulant.

Magnesium has also been shown to significantly reduce abnormal blood clotting and protects the endothelial layer of blood vessels — vital to blood vessel health and preventing abnormal blood clotting. Doctors never mention this to their patients
because no one told them to.

Grape seed extract and pycnogenol also powerfully prevent abnormal blood clotting and when all of these are used in conjunction, one gets superior protection and a whole lot of additional benefits.

One commonly used anti-coagulant, Plavix, can even cause leukemia and lymphoma as well as a number of other blood disorders, yet it is no more effective than the natural products. Modern medical doctors are brainwashed by pharmaceutical companies, who control their education.

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