Most people I talk to don’t love the idea of having to take prescription blood thinners. In fact, this is one of the big reasons people seek my advice. They desperately want to get off their Rx safely or prevent taking these blood thinner drugs in the first place, despite the recommendation of their doctor to remain on them.
With this said, it’s a fact that doctors often over-prescribe, and in many cases, there is another path. A BETTER and SAFER path.
Our blood has many functions including transporting nutrients throughout the body, delivering waste products to the lungs, kidneys, skin and bowel for removal and transporting proteins and factors that allow our blood to flow just right. Not too thick or too thin.
Through the natural process of clotting, our bodies can stop blood flow, which is crucially important in the event that someone suffers a significant injury. But blood clotting at the wrong times can lead to serious problems. A clot preceding a heart attack or stroke is one of those times.
Blood thinners can be used to help restore blood flow through critical parts of the body and prevent major damage which can occur from heart attacks or strokes. Risk factors for developing harmful blood clots include: smoking, obesity, hormone use, some cancers and immobility.
Why People Take Blood Thinners
- Primary prevention for heart attack and stroke. Minimal benefit and aspirin may increase your risk of stroke and dying.
- After a stent in place in an artery
- Atrial fibrillation (Afib) diagnosis
- Post heart attack or stroke (secondary prevention)
- Following open-heart surgery
- After a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Mechanical artificial heart valve
To thin the blood, many doctors reach for pharmaceuticals for their patients, but there are actually powerful and effective natural blood thinners that patients can incorporate to prevent problems from arising. The following can be taken together or separately, depending on your risk factors for clotting and your history. Speak with your holistic doctor or schedule a consultation with one of our providers.
10 Natural Blood Thinning Supplements
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- Garlic– As a food and as a supplement garlic is well known to assist in healthy blood flow.
- Vitamin E– Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant with documented blood thinning ability. Consider getting your levels checked through our Micronutrient Testing.
- Berberine– This supplement is a direct thrombin inhibitor and anti-platelet aid.
- Vitamin C– Using this daily will help improve endothelial function. Again, consider micronutrient testing.
- Beetroot Powder– Beets are prized for their ability to function like natural aspirin, blocking platelet function. Another option that helps to increase blood flow is our Vessel Support.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid– Research documents that supplementation can benefit those with cardiovascular disease who show elevated levels of coagulation and oxidative stress.
- Curcumin– The main active ingredient in turmeric, it works to inhibit the coagulation cascade to prevent clots from forming.
- Feverfew– Feverfew is a medicinal herb from the daisy family. It has been found to act as a blood thinner by inhibiting the activity of platelets and preventing blood clotting.
- Nattokinase– This is a blood clot dissolving protein produced during the fermentation of soybeans to produce Natto. The effectiveness of nattokinase as an anti-clotting agent has been studied in Asia for years. I recommend keeping this product on your bedside table to use morning and night.
- Digestive Enzymes– Contain natural enzymes to bust up clots. This has multiple purposes: take 2 capsules with every meal for digestive support; take away from meals for blood thinning and healing purposes.
Before you start one of our 10 natural blood thinner supplements, make sure you have a solid foundation which goes a long way in keeping your blood flowing with minimal risk of forming clots. This foundation includes eating an organic Paleo diet, getting sunshine daily, drinking plenty of pure, clean water, staying active and going to sleep when the sun goes down. These are all a great start!
If you’d like more information on creating a heart healthy lifestyle, schedule a call with one of our Natural Heart Doctor health coaches and get the guidance you need.
Disclaimer- always check with your doctor before stopping any pharmaceutical. Some of these supplements are very powerful and should not be taken in conjunction with some pharmaceutical blood thinners. This post is for informational purposes only.