Blood clots are responsible for many of our health problems in the world. A blood clot is life's natural way of healing by the mechanism of blood thickening, to form a scab and eventually healing the wound.
A blood clot can also form in any of the blood vessels, which could stop the blood flow. Blood coagulation must fall in the desirable range for the proper functioning of the human body.
If the blood coagulates too easily, clots can form which in turn can lead to adverse health conditions. A blood clot in any of the coronary arteries could cause a heart attack or a stroke. On the other hand, if blood does not clot enough, conditions such as nose bleeding, heavy bleeding during menstruation, hematuria that is blood in the urine, hemorrhage and bleeding strokes may occur. Insufficient blood clotting can project serious complications during surgery or trauma in the form of excessive blood loss from wounds or surgical incisions failing to clot properly.
There are several medicines in allopathic science that have the potential to rectify clotting disorders. However, it is often overlooked that many foods and environmental factors, especially those that lower vitamin K levels, may thin the blood and prevent the formation of clots. There are a number of foods and supplements that are known to prevent coagulation by thinning the blood. These include foods with high amounts of aspirin like substances called salicylates, omega-3 fatty acids, foods with natural antibiotic properties and vitamin E supplements. Substances that block vitamin K are natural blood thinners.
Foods that are generally high in salicylates include most fruits, especially dried fruits, nuts, many spices and also some flavorings and preservatives. Fruits high in salicylates include raisins, prunes, cherries, cranberries, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, tangerines and oranges. Dark-colored berries such as cherries, blackberries and blueberries contain anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, pigments that tone and strengthen the walls of the veins. Pineapples are rich in the enzyme bromelain, which helps prevent blood clots. Mango and kiwi have a high proportion of vitamin E, which is also known to prevent the formation of blood clots.
Fresh fruit juices can be very helpful especially for those suffering from varicose veins. Juicing provides nutrients in much higher concentrations than one can get by just eating the fruits. Drinking eight ounces of fresh berry or pineapple juice, alone or diluted with another fruit juice, once or twice a day provides maximum benefit. However, consuming one or two glasses daily of fresh fruit or vegetable juices, especially any combination of apple, beet, carrot, celery, citrus, parsley or pineapple and dietary supplements may be helpful in preventing and treating varicosities.
For any medical condition, prevention is better than cure. People at high risks of blood coagulation must consume a healthy diet. However, those taking prescription anticoagulant drugs also need to be careful not to consume too many foods with natural blood thinning compounds in addition to their regular medication. This could lead to the over thinning of blood that could again be detrimental to one’s health.
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