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10 Natural Blood Thinner Supplements

Most people don’t want to take prescription blood thinners. In fact, this is a common reason why people seek my consultation in Arizona. They either want to get off blood thinners safely, or don’t want to take them in the first place, despite the recommendation of their doctor.

Quick disclaimer…ask your doctor before stopping any pharmaceutical. My posts are informational only.

With that said, doctors clearly over-prescribe, and often, there is another SAFER way. After all, we are not born deficient in pharmaceuticals.

Blood Clotting 101

Our blood supply does many things including transporting nutrients around the body and delivering waste products to the lungs, kidneys, and bowel.

Another vital function is to transport protein and factors that allow our blood to flow just right. Not too thin and not too thick. This is known as our coagulation system. When we bleed, our coagulation system comes to the rescue to secure the area by creating a mesh-like band-aid inside blood vessels.

Our coagulation system contains two main parts: platelets and fibrin.

Platelets are tiny particles that act to dam up the bleeding area and assist in the healing process. Drugs like aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), Effient, and Brilinta block platelet activity and function.

Fibrin is a protein that is the end-game of a very long process to activate fibrin from it’s pre-cursor fibrinogen. Thrombin makes that conversion. Plasmin is a protein that keeps fibrin in check. Lots of other proteins known as “factors” play a role in this side of the coagulation cascade.

Drugs that inhibit the fibrin clotting mechanism include warfarin (Coumadin), rivaroxaban (Xarelto), and dabigatran (Pradaxa).

Why People Take Blood Thinners

  • Primary prevention for heart attack and stroke. Minimal if any benefit and aspirin may increase your risk of stroke and dying, according to a major recent review.
  • After a stent in place in an artery
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • After a heart attack or stroke (secondary prevention)
  • After open heart surgery
  • After a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE)
  • Mechanical artificial heart valve

Keeping Our Blood Thin Naturally

We want our blood to flow and clot normally, preferably without the need for pharmaceuticals. The good news is that supplements can help us achieve that with little risk. After all, I worked in the hospitals as a practicing cardiologist. The number of times I saw someone with a vitamin or supplement overdose was ZERO. I don’t think you need to fear the natural blood thinners.

But before we get to the top 10. Let me outline some simple strategies that go a long way in keeping your blood flowing at its best with minimal risk of forming clots.

  • Eat organic, Paleo foods. It makes common sense that those who eat fast food, drink soda pop, and have ice cream every night before bed are more likely to clot. Keep your blood naturally thin with lots of vegetables, spices/herbs, nuts and seeds, and wild seafood. Follow our Paleo pyramid. In the least, avoid pesticides and artificial foods and always eat organic.
  • Get sunshine. The sun promotes blood flow and lowers clotting risk. Get sun to your chest, brain, pelvis and legs, especially BEFORE long trips by plane or car. Travel is a dangerous time for potential clots. The sun creates the Exclusion Zone, leading to good blood flow. Google Gerald Pollack PhD if you want to know more about the Exclusion Zone.
  • Hydrate with quality water. Dehydration thickens the blood like a drought dries a river. We love our Pristine Hydro water system.
  • Donate blood.
  • Sleep with the sundown.
  • Limit stress.
  • Stay active. Physical activity promotes healthy blood flow to all your organs. Do it outside.
  • Chiropractic care. Frequent visits to your Doctor of Chiropractic promote healthy brain control of your organs. This includes your arteries and veins.

Ten Natural Blood Thinning Supplements (Buy button below)

The following can be taken together or separately. Take one or take them all depending on your risk factors for clotting and your history. Speak with your holistic doctor or come out to AZ and see us. At the bottom are links to purchase top quality supplements from The Drs. Wolfson.

  • Berberine  Berberine comes from plants and as a supplement, affects just about everything in the body positively. This includes blood thinning through its anti-thrombin and anti-platelet activities.  Depending on the situation, usually 1 cap 2x per day is good for prevention.
  • Garlic   Garlic as a food and as a supplement is well known to assist in healthy blood flow. 1 cap daily.
  • Vitamin E     Vitamin E, 1 cap daily. You should also get your levels check through our Micronutrient Testing.
  • Vitamin C   Vitamin C, 1 tablet 2x per day. Again, consider Micronutrient Testing.
  • Alpha lipoic acid 1 cap per day of our extended release alpha lipoic acid.
  • Beetroot Juice Powder    One heaping teaspoon 1-2x per day in water or a smoothie. Beets are prized for their ability to function like natural aspirin, blocking platelet function.
  • Curcumin    Cook with turmeric but add 1 cap 2x daily of a quality curcumin product.
  • Feverfew   1 capsule daily. Great for migraines too.
  • Digestive enzymes Contain natural enzymes to bust up clots. Take 2 capsules with every meal. Multiple benefits.
  • Nattokinase    Plenty of literature on nattokinase, an enzyme from fermented soy. Leave this one on your nightstand so you remember to take it before bed and first thing in the morning. This ensures that it is taken on an empty stomach for maximum efficacy.

Buy them here

Berberine, Garlic , Super E, Super C, Alpha lipoic acid, Beetroot Juice Powder, Curcumin, Feverfew, Digestive enzymes, Nattokinase

 

References for above information

Berberine – www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5343495/

Garlic – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8457236

Vitamin E – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16708118

Vitamin C – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18499730

Alpha lipoic acid – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16708118

Beetroot  – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29165355

Curcumin – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22531131

Feverfew – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Feverfew

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