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What is the best natural blood thinner food or supplement?

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Created December 20, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Please, provide rationale for your reco. thanks!

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4218 · December 21, 2011 at 4:58 AM

Garlic, yep. Works so well it occasionally kills dogs.

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110 · December 20, 2011 at 4:34 PM

She did say that working with a doctor, if you are on anticoagulants, that it might be possible to slowly switch from a medication to supplements, but that you need to get regular testing done so that you know where you are and how the supplements are (or are not) working.

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813 · December 20, 2011 at 2:01 PM

I don't take it as I dont need a blood thinner. I was only asking because "needing" a thinner inidicates something possibly quite serious. In which case my honest advice would be take the aspirin and stop rolling the dice messing around with herbal remedies.

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952 · December 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Haven't noticed any effect from fish oil to be honest.

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952 · December 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Do you really prefer NSAIDS with all the unknown and known but nasty long-term side-effects to food and supps?

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813 · December 20, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Whats the reason for the natural clause? Just curious as I'd normally recommend aspirin o.O

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345 · December 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM

One of the best spices in the arsenal of health is Turmeric. It is the spice that turns curry and mustard yellow. It has a very impressive profile as a health agent- its only real downside is that in larger quantities it can cause some platelet thinning. On the upside it has antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties. People that tend to get boils often take it and it is VERY EFFECTIVE for that.

However, my main promotion of it is because it is Delicious!

One of the quickest reads on daily spices is by a guy that calls himself the people's pharmacist. He was originally a chemist for big Pharma. You can google him.

Mark Sisson also has some suggestions that overlap as well.

Finally if you are at all discriminating in the advice that you take, then a wonderful website called earthclinic may offer you some other great suggestions.

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15226 · December 21, 2011 at 4:53 AM

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned garlic. That has been used for thousands of years.

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4218 · December 21, 2011 at 4:58 AM

Garlic, yep. Works so well it occasionally kills dogs.

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784 · December 20, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Fish oil will give me nose bleeds if I eat a lot of it.

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952 · December 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Haven't noticed any effect from fish oil to be honest.

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110 · December 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I don't know anything personally about this subject, but I recently went to a health talk at the local library and the nutritionist suggested a list of supplements. A few of them she noted as having blood thinning properties. I will copy and paste from her hand out:

Fish Oil (I suggest Krill oil) 1200 to 2000 mg of EPA/DHA mix/day: Pro - We don't get enough omega-3s and supplementation is a safer option Con - Caution when taking anticoagulants, omega-3s make blood "slippery"

Nattokinase: (extract from natto, a fermented soy food) 2000 to 4000 units/day Pro - Enzyme that reduces the ability of the blood to clot, digests fibrinogen Con - Caution if you are taking an anticoagulant....check with your doc (don't take for two weeks before or after surgery)

Vitamin K2 (I suggest with vitamin D3) 150mcg/day Pro - Improves arterial tissue Con - Caution if you are on anticoagulants

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110 · December 20, 2011 at 4:34 PM

She did say that working with a doctor, if you are on anticoagulants, that it might be possible to slowly switch from a medication to supplements, but that you need to get regular testing done so that you know where you are and how the supplements are (or are not) working.

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813 · December 20, 2011 at 3:28 PM

I gave up on my bloodthinning medicine, because it frightened me, this pharma stuff is rat poison actually. After I quitted, I got used to have a huge cup of fresh ginger tea every morning. With paleo I started to supplement fish oil, wich also thinnnens the blood. After I found out, that turmeric helps with my migraine, I started adding turmeric into my meals. Now and then I get nosebleeds, haha. Then it's time for cooking some cabbage ...

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63 · December 20, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Aspirin is a natural NSAID from tree bark, used before modern pharmaceutical companies entered the picture. It is a COX 1 inhibitor. It is a platelet aggregation inhibitor. All other NSAIDS, (emphasis ALL) both COX 1, and COX 2 are thrombogenic!

I take it everyday.

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0 · May 14, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Nature has the solution of every health issue; there are many herbs, which perform as blood thinner. These are Ginger, Turmeric, Fish Oil, Apple, Cherry, grapes and pineapple etc.

Above Spices, fruits and oils are the natural blood thinner. You just need to manage a quantity, recipe/way and timetable to having these.

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0 · September 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

I am an alternative healthcare practitioner. I want to post you some information that will help you understand the role of Vit K in the body and then post some links to some alternatives to coumadin. If you should try any natural supplement to thin your blood , make sure you inform your doctor so your coumadin levels can be adjusted while your PNINR improves. This is important. You may need weekly testing for a while until everything stabilizes and your coumadin is either reduced or eliminated.

http://www.worldwidehealth.com/health-article-Vitamin-K2-Bones-Cardiovascular-Health-Blood-Sugar-Control-Cancer-Prevention.html

http://naturalheartresearch.com/arginine-why-its-the-best-blood-thinner/

http://www.mycardioforlife.com/

Arginine is not the ONLY natural blood thinner out there. Do some research also on serrapeptase, vit E, and nattokinase. Its important to do your research on all these blood thinning alternatives, they can be used in conjunction or taken separately, and you can find formulas with combinations on line if you look. Best of health to you!

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4111 · December 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Kale I hear has vitamin K. Which thins the blood.

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2291 · December 21, 2011 at 5:07 AM

dark chocolate seems to thin my blood.. not sure why.

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813 · December 20, 2011 at 3:18 PM

With vitamin K it's the other way round. Vit k will help with coagulation !!!! Because it goes not well together with bloodthinning medicine, it is more or less forbidden to eat food, which contain too much vitamin K. I've benn on bloodthinning medicine two times in my life...

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1579 · December 20, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Anything with Vitamin K thins the blood- I have a family member on blood thinners and she can't eat foods with Vitamin K due to their blood thinning ability. These include most green foods- kale, parsley, broccoli, brussels sprouts and most other green foods have blood-thinning properties.

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