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.
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).
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.
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.
References for above information
Berberine – www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5343495/
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
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