Apart from inflammatory diseases, another common medical problems arise from blood clotting. There could be a plethora of causes for blood clot and different cases have different treatment methods. However, you can prefer to prevent blood clotting by changing your diet or by preventing any physical injuries.
Wondering how to prevent blood clots naturally? Generally, there are a number of natural blood thinners (anticoagulants) that will help prevent blood clots. Further, they also provide other health benefits apart from preventing blood clot.
What Is a Blood Clot?
Blood clot may sound as a simple phenomenon which is a buildup of blood and tissue inside one of your veins or arteries, but if the case is not taken care of in time, it can be lethal. When blood fails to circulate properly, blood clots form. When you are wounded, blood naturally clots to stop bleeding. However, blood clots can also create a blockage in your veins or arteries, break loose and travel to the heart, lungs or brain, causing life-threatening heart attacks, strokes, embolisms or other health emergencies.
What Are Natural Blood Thinners?
- Vitamin D from sunshine has long been recognized by Ayurvedic medicine as a natural blood thinner.
- Water is a very effective blood thinner. Drinking about 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight (50 oz. if you weigh 100 lbs.) every day will help keep the blood from thickening and clumping.
- Moderate daily exercise will also help thin the blood. Remaining stationary for long periods of time (a long trip or hours on the couch) will increase the risk of a blood clot.
Other Natural Foods and Compounds That Thin The Blood
One of the acids called Salicylates block Vitamin K and thin the Blood. These will help to increase blood circulation as well as to naturally thin the blood. Some natural salicylates are: Apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses and cayenne pepper are very popular natural blood thinners. Spices containing salicylates: Cinnamon, Tumeric, Curry powder, Oregano, Peppermint, Cayenne, Ginger, Paprika, Thyme, Dill, Garam masala. Blood thinning foods containing salicylates are most fruits, including dried fruits.
Coumarin is a natural compound found in some plants. When ingested, it has anticoagulant properties and can be toxic at high doses. Some of the plants and dietary supplements containing coumarin derivatives include: Alfalfa, Arnica, Bilberry, Bishop’s weed, Capsicum and more.
We can get Vitamin D from foods, vitamin-fortified foods, supplements and from sunlight. Vitamin D is a nutrient most often linked to the maintenance of strong bones, but it has also been suspected to have an anticoagulant effect by changing certain proteins involved in the clotting mechanism.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Fish oil is an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid that comes from cold water fish, such as wild salmon, tuna, herring, and anchovies. Omega-3 fatty acids affect blood clotting by decreasing platelet aggregation, which modestly prolongs bleeding time. Some evidence suggests that fish oil supplementation may also enhance fibrinolysis (the break-up of clots).
Three compounds in garlic (allicin, adenosine, and paraffinic sulfide) are thought to have antiplatelet properties. There are few data on its effect on preventing venous clots. However, garlic supplements taken in combination with a prescription anticoagulant may play a role in increased bleeding.
Blood thinning foods and supplements that have anticoagulating agent in them are ginkgo biloba, ginseng (panax ginseng), ginger, policosanol, magnesium, dong quai, coenzyme Q-10, glucosamine, L-arginine, taurine, feverfew, onion, among others.
Most of the foods, herbs and vitamins mentioned in this article do have a potential clot preventative effect due to their impact on platelets. It won’t serve as a permanent cure for clots that form in the veins (DVT and PE), which are comprised primarily of fibrin with only small involvement of platelets. Medical attention is a must in such cases. Moreover, these are just blood clot preventive foods, herbs and vitamins and are not appropriate alternatives to prescription anticoagulants.
I have poor circulation in both legs due to them being vericosed & stripped. I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet. Now, I have an open wound again on my ankle, about 4" round that will not heal. They say it doesn't get enough oxygen. I have a test scheduled with 3 blood pressure cuffs, thigh, leg & foot, which is very painful to ck the circulation. I'm not sure what else I could do, besides amputating. The pain is excruciating & getting worse. I'm at pain clinic number 2. No bone infection. Looks ok, I am putting honey & Maleuka oil on it & changing it every day. I heal good above the knees, not so much, below.
I'm sorry for what you're going through. Here's what helped my husband. CoQ10, providing you're not on a blood thinner, for circulation. Switching from Melaleuca to Neem ointment. Alternate with pure and natural vitamin e.( D-Alpha tocopherol.) Don't use honey use the propolis. If at all. Neem is better. Vitamin C 500-2000 mg per day. 200 mg B6 per day might help with Neuropathy. don't exceed 400 mg's per day. Horse Chestnut for circulation and prevention of varicose veins. MSN for overall healing. Magnesium 400mg per day. Zinc 50mg/day. Chromium Picolinate 200mcg(ask Dr. if diabetic). Good Luck, I'll let you know if I think of anything else.
I'm on Coumadin right now for a Blood clot on my lung. What else can I do naturally to prevent this from happening again?
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Like your post. But my condition is completely opposite to this. I'm suffering from Haemophilia in which my blood doesn't clot normally like other peoples. Its a genetic disorder. We bleed daily internal & external with no reasons. Bleeding in gums, nose, joints, muscles etc.. So can you give any remedy in which our blood clot normally??
Thank you Diana and everyone. I am dealing with 2 DVT's in my leg on blood thinners runs in the family but they all got it early I got it late in life
brain hemorrhage,paralysis,heart patient 5 year back
p5p b6 and nattokinase/serrapeptase and edta and k3 for starters but don't use k3 at same time as natto
taking everyday half tea spoon of turmeric powder never leave a blood to be clot.its always make the blood runni.search if iam wrong
Yeah.. Too much vitamin D can be toxic, however. the upper limit at 4,000 IUs ! But sunlight may be harmful due to ultraviolet rays now days.. :(
Reena Singh I don't understand your comment. Some of those things are good for you in moderation. But other as in egg yolks and liver are horrible for cholesterol. Which sucks. I love both. Sun is healthy for everyone.
Yup.. vitamin D That includes all sources—food, sun, and supplements. Easily get from (milk,orange juice, egg yolks, beef liver, cod liver oil)
Number one reason patients die in the hospital is PE from blood clot or DVT called deep vein thrombosis.
Being golden brown I dont absorb the sun as my peach friends I just get \U0001f525\U0001f525\U0001f525. I am Vitamin D deficient Im a 6 should be above 33, so I started the 8wk regiment (1 aweek) now 9 still low though. Omega3 I started in January (2 daily) but the clots in my leg happened in May any who. Im always \U0001f6b6 So Xalelto my leech for awhile.
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