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6 Natural Blood Thinners

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People who have certain medical conditions, such as congenital heart defects, may require blood-thinning prescription medications to reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke. But experts say that very often, natural blood thinners may be helpful to reduce the blood’s ability to form clots. Blood clotting is a necessary process, but sometimes the blood can clot too much, leading to complications that can be potentially dangerous, as we have seen in COVID-19 patients.

According to CNN, a recent study reported that giving hospitalized coronavirus patients blood thinners, also called anticoagulants, slashed their risk of death in half. The scientists from the Mount Sinai Health System in New York found that patients given these anticoagulants are also less likely to need ventilators.

If you are already on prescription blood thinners, be careful before you take any natural blood thinners along with your medication. According to ConsumerLab.com, some herbs and supplements can interfere with the effectiveness of blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin), anisindione (Miradon), and other anticoagulant drugs prescribed to help prevent blood clots. It is essential to speak with your healthcare professional before trying these remedies, as they may not work as well as medication and may interfere with prescription drugs.

According to Medical News Today, some foods and other substances that may act as natural blood thinners and help reduce the risk of clots include:

  1. Turmeric. The golden, aromatic spice contains the active ingredient curcumin, that has anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning or anticoagulant properties. A study published in 2012 suggests that taking a daily dose of turmeric spice may help people maintain the anticoagulant status of their blood. Use it in rice, curries, or tea.
  2. Ginger. Ginger is another anti-inflammatory spice that may stop blood clotting. According to Medical New Today, it contains a natural acid called salicylate. Aspirin is a synthetic derivative of salicylate and is also a potent blood thinner. Use fresh or dried ginger regularly in baking, cooking, and juices.
  3. Cayenne peppers. Cayenne peppers are also high in salicylates and can act as powerful blood-thinning agents. They are spicy so you may want to use capsules instead. According to Healthline, cayenne peppers may also lower blood pressure and reduce pain.
  4. Vitamin E. According to WebMD, Harvard Medical School professor Robert J. Glynn, Ph.D., says vitamin E shows promise for preventing the potentially deadly clots in high-risk patients who aren't on prescription blood thinners like warfarin. "Warfarin is very effective, but it has a lot of side effects and people must be monitored closely when they are on it," Glynn tells WebMD. The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements suggest that people who are taking blood-thinning drugs should avoid taking large doses of vitamin E. According to Medical News Today, it may be safer to get vitamin E from foods rather than supplements. Foods that contain vitamin E include: 

    - almonds

    - safflower oil

    - sunflower oil

    - sunflower seeds

    - wheat germ oil

    - whole grains

  5. Garlic. Some researchers report that taking odorless garlic, such as aged garlic extract, or AGE, helps reduce blood clot formation. Dr. Matthew Budoff, a University of California, Los Angeles cardiologist, says that taking AGE supplements can also reverse arterial plaque buildup thus reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Several research papers written by German scientists suggest that AGE may prevent arterial stiffness by maintaining the flexibility of the arteries and enhancing nitric oxide availability, which relaxes the blood vessels and reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  6. Cinnamon. This popular, aromatic spice contains coumarin, a powerful blood-thinning agent. Warfarin, the most used blood-thinning drug, is derived from coumarin, according to Medical News Today. Taking coumarin-rich cinnamon on a long-term basis can cause liver damage, so stick to small amounts.

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