It’s a regular occurrence for patients to be prescribed anticoagulants as a preventative measure when they are in danger of developing clots that can lead to thrombosis. But are prescription medications always the best solution? Sometimes a patient has no choice if the danger is severe, but at other times it just might be possible to use natural alternatives that are proven to work as blood thinners. If your doctor believes you can use dietary means to control your particular issues, the following foods may prove helpful.
Why Many People Are Reluctant to Take Prescription Anticoagulants
In recent news there has been a huge amount of press being given to the Xarelto lawsuit against AG Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The side effects that weren’t immediately made clear to physicians and patients included uncontrollable bleeding and the sad part is, there is no antidote that can resolve the problem like there is with the older class anticoagulants like warfarin. If a patient begins to bleed uncontrollably, there is no medication to stop Xarelto but there is for other such drugs and when it comes to foods, the remedy is simple as any medication that promotes clotting would be sufficient to counteract too much of the foods that thin the blood.
What Many Doctors Don’t Know or Don’t Tell You About
Some foods simply should not be eaten when taking anticoagulants. These are the same foods you can use to thin the blood if you choose to do so naturally. These foods and food products include:
- Turmeric – Love curry or chili? This should be an easy one to add to your diet – but failing that, why not enjoy a hot glass of turmeric tea?
- Ginger – This is one root that has multiple known alternative medicinal uses. From nausea to blood clots – this is one powerful ‘drug.’
- Vitamin E – So how do you get vitamin E naturally? Those dark green leafy veggies you are not supposed to eat when on warfarin? Yes, that’s it – high in vitamin E!
- Cayenne Peppers – Going back to the curry and the chili, why not add some cayenne peppers for that extra bit of heat as well as their anticoagulant properties?
- Cinnamon – What would French Toast be without a good sprinkling of cinnamon? This is one of the worst culprits that your doctor won’t tell you about when putting you on blood thinners. Why? Probably because spinach and kale are more popular menu items, but many people eat cinnamon crunch cereal, cinnamon on their oatmeal, French Toast and other cookies and treats they eat throughout the day.
Chances are if you eat any or all of these foods regularly you won’t need high doses of warfarin or other anticoagulants, but even so, you should always consult with your doctor before trying anything new. You certainly won’t want to stop your blood thinners if you have had a clot or are prone to clots without first checking to see if the above foods would do the job.
With all the growing concerns about harmful side effects, it’s no wonder that more and more people are opting for natural remedies. When it comes to prescription vs. natural anticoagulants, only your doctor and pharmacist know for sure so always check with them before making any changes whatsoever.