What Foods to Eat to Prevent Blood Clots?

The mechanism of deep vein thrombosis includes the presence of internal blood clots. This can be quite harmful because it affects the circulation of blood in the body. Thus in order to prevent blood clots one must primarily follow a diet which is low in saturated fats, high in fiber, fruits and vegetables.

Some of the foods which help prevent blood clots are listed below:

Salicylates- Such compounds inhibit blood clotting. Few of the common herbs that are rich in salicylates include cayenne, paprika, ginger, thyme and so on. Strawberries, oranges, grapes, blueberries and cranberries are also known to be rich in salicylates. Other foods which are considered rich in salicylates include vinegar, wine and honey.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids- These are known to have blood thinning properties which are also known to prevent stroke. Fish like Salmon, Mackerel, anchovies and lake trout are known to be the main sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Apart from this, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, canola oil, soy and corn oil also are rich in omega-3. Researches show that daily intake of omega-3s improve the blood circulation in the body and reduce the risk of blood clots.

Vitamin E- Vitamin E is found in abundance in nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. Oils like canola oil, sunflower oil and palm oil also contains vitamin E. Some about of vitamin E may also be found in oats, wheat and chickpeas. Vitamin E is proved to maintain proper blood circulation in the body, thereby keeping blood clots at bay.

What Should be Included in a Patient's Diet to Get Rid of Blood Clots?

Thrombosis or blood clots may bring allied problems in the patient's body due to poor blood circulation. Thus, the patient should take a note of what type of food is best for him. Few foods include-

  • Fruits like pineapple, grapes, berries and pomegranates are known to increase blood circulation.
  • Fish like trout, herring and tuna are considered to be beneficial.
  • Dark chocolate and green tea is also considered healthy.

Which Foods Should Be Avoided to Prevent Blood Clots?

It has been seen that foods rich in vitamin K encourage blood clots and also affect blood thinners in case the patient is used medication for blood clots. Thus foods rich in vitamin K should be avoided as much as possible. Some of the food items rich in vitamin K include vegetables like Kale, Spinach, broccoli, lettuce and so on. Consumption of peaches and bananas should also be limited as they are high sources of vitamin K.

Beneficial Herbs to Get Rid of Blood Clots

Once the person gets blood clots it is important to diagnose such a condition properly so that proper treatment method can be initiated. With all the medications given by the doctor, the patient should include the following herds to get rid of clots-

Turmeric- Turmeric is a spice that has been used for decades as a folk medicine. It gives food a yellow color. According to a research, turmeric has the main curative ingredient called curcumin which is known to work on platelets so that blood clots can be gotten rid of.

Cinnamon- Cinnamon is studied to be a powerful anticoagulant used for treating blood clots. Although helpful, one must be cautious while using cinnamon in diet because too much of it is related to liver damage.

Cayenne Peppers- Cayenne papers are also considered as a good source of blood thinner because of high amount of salicylates in them. Cayenne peppers are available in capsule form and can also be used as a spice sprinkled on everyday food. It is known to increase blood circulation.

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: December 1, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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