Claire Corlett

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6 Natural Blood Thinners

6 Natural Blood Thinners

6 Natural Blood Thinners 1. Garlic Aside from giving your grandmother’s spaghetti
sauce the “kick” it needs, garlic can also be good for your health. For one, it’s capable of limiting the collection
of platelets, one of the primary steps in the formation of a blood clot. In small amounts, it’s unclear if garlic
actually has the potential to prevent a devastating heart attack or stroke caused by a blood clot. However, in much larger amounts — such as
when taken in supplement form — garlic may play a role in helping limit platelet aggregation. In short, if you’re in a position where
blood clots may present a health problem, it’s a good idea to work more garlic into
your diet. 2. Fish Oil There’s a good chance that, by now, you’ve
heard about the health benefits of fish oil, and specifically that containing omega-3 fatty
acids. These acids, which can be found in many types
of fish, such as salmon, have been shown to help boost brain functionality and work against
serious health problems, like stroke. But omega-3 fatty acids can also help thin
the blood by preventing the formation of substances that encourage platelet formation. For people who need to be aware of the threat
posed by blood clots, this makes fish oil a valuable contribution to their diet. Should you not be a fan of the taste of fish,
omega-3 fatty acids can be found in supplement form. 3. Vitamin E When you were a kid, chances are your parents
spent much of their time encouraging you to get all your vitamins, either through a health
diet or physically taking a multivitamin. But they may not have explained that each
type of vitamin is different. Take vitamin E for example. Available in a wide range of foods, including
almonds, whole grains, sunflowers, eggs, seeds, and nuts, it’s been shown to help discourage
the formation of blood clots and limit the chances of heart attack or stroke. Not a big fan of eggs, nuts, seeds or whole
grains? Like most vitamins, vitamin E is widely available
in supplement form. 4. Herbs with Coumarin There are literally hundreds of thousands
of medications available to help prevent or treat serious health problems, like heart
attack or stroke. But do you know where many of these medications
come from? You may be surprised to hear that some, such
as the medication warfarin — which is designed to help prevent blood clots — are made from
easily acquired herbs. In fact, warfarin contains a compound known
coumarin, which can be found in plants like angelica root, arnica flower, anise, chamomile,
fenugreek, licorice root, parsley and red clover. That said, consuming these herbs may be a
problem if you’re already on a blood-thinning medication like warfarin, so be sure to talk
to your doctor before adding them to your diet. 5. Ginger You’ve probably heard that ginger can help
reduce digestive inflammation and aid someone in overcoming mild upset stomach or indigestion,
but did you know it can also help thin the blood? That’s because ginger contains salicylate,
a type of acid that’s found in a few types of plants. In fact, salicylic acid is the technical name
for aspirin, which can help reduce inflammation in the human body and may event assist in
preventing a stroke. Ginger is readily available in root, spice
or tea forms, so it’s easy to make it a regular part of your diet. Just be sure to check with your doctor to
ensure it doesn’t present problems for any medications you may have been prescribed. 6. Avocado Avocado can help prevent blood clots in two
ways: first, it contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to limit the formation
of platelets and the development of blood clots. Second, like ginger it contains salicylate,
which has also been shown to limit the chances of blood clots from forming. Avocadoes are easy to find at most grocery
stores and make an excellent addition to just about any dish, from guacamole to sandwiches
and salads. Just be sure to check with your family doctor
to ensure it won’t interact negatively with any blood-thinning medications you may have
been prescribed.

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