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Blood Thinning Foods – updated article with new information
A blood thinner is something that prevents the platelets in the blood from forming clots. A blood thinner is also referred to as an anti-coagulant. Platelets, also known as thrombocytes, are cells in the blood which are colorless and which make the blood clot. They clump together to prevent blood loss by creating plugs when holes in blood vessels form.
There are many blood thinning foods available in your local food store. However, it is important to remember that they may not be suitable for everyone. For instance, if you were prescribed anticoagulant (blood thinning) medications, you probably should not take in too many blood thinning foods in addition to the drugs, as they may cause serious complications or damage to your health.
If you want to make your blood thinner, the main thing to do is decrease your fat and protein consumption. Also, it’s important to take salicylates, which are aspirin-like substances. They are necessary because they prevent the absorption of vitamin K, which plays a huge role in the blood clotting process. Blood coagulation and iron also seem to have a yin-yang relationship. People who have iron deficiency anemia have an increased platelet count.
There are many blood thinning foods rich in salicylates. They include various flavorings and spices, such as cinnamon, oregano, paprika, licorice, turmeric, ginger, peppermint, thyme, dill, cayenne pepper, and curry powder. Cayenne pepper has also been shown to decrease blood cholesterol levels. Most fruits are also rich in salicylates. The ones that stand out include raisins, grapes, oranges, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, tangerines, cranberries, and prunes. Some other foods that have an abundance of slicylates are chewing gum, wine, peppermints, honey, vinegar, orange juice, broccoli, cider, avocados, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, wild carrot, cabbage, wild lettuce, and nuts.
Some other blood thinning foods include olive oil, onions, garlic, tree ear, and jicama. Pomegranate juice is also an excellent blood thinner. Research was conducted which showed that pomegranate juice promotes blood flow through the body to the heart. It also decreases the amount of plaque in the arteries, lowering the level of “bad” cholesterol in the blood, and at the same time increasing “good” cholesterol levels.
Vitamin E is another wonderful natural blood thinner. It is a vitamin that is fat-soluble, so it helps prevent the essential vitamin A and essential fatty acids from oxidation in the cells. It also stops the body tissues from breaking down. Vitamin E can be found in various food groups, such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, and peanuts, vegetable oils like canola, peanut, corn, sesame, sunflower, cottonseed, palm, and rice bran oil. Vitamin E is also found in lentils, chickpeas, rice, wheat, oats, and northern beans. Oil that has been extracted from wheat germ is also a wonderful source of vitamin E. For the original story, and further information on blood thinning foods, click here
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The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Natural Blood Thinners9 Sep 2010|