The function of every body organ is affected by the blood flow, so blood clots are serious health issues that can lead to more severe complications.
Blood clots are most often caused by an injury as a way to stop excess bleeding, and as soon as it is healed, the blood clot dissolves. Yet, the body might not dissolve it if it forms inside the arteries or veins, leading to stroke.
Stroke affects about 800,000 Americans annually and is the main cause of long-term disability. This increases the importance of blood thinners.
Arterial clots obstruct the flow of blood and oxygen and usually occur in the feet and hands, as well as the brain.
The most common symptoms of a blood clot include muscle pain, weakness and loss of color in the affected area, and cold feet and hands.
Venous blood clots develop slowly, usually after a surgery or trauma, and can be of three types, a pulmonary embolism (that travels to the lungs and causes death), deep vein thrombosis (most often occurs in the lower pelvis, leg or thigh), and superficial venous thrombosis (forms in the veins closest to the skin, leading to intense pain).
These blood clots are characterized by inflammation, redness, and pain in the affected area.
Risk factors that contribute to the formation of blood clots include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, and diabetes. A healthy diet is the best way to prevent blood clots. This means avoidance of processed and GMO foods, artificial sweeteners and additives.
Moreover, you need to stay active, in order to support the healthy blood flow in the body. Finally, give up smoking, since it leads to severe side-effects, and causes strokes, heart attacks, and lung cancer.
Here are the thirteen blood thinners that can help you prevent blood clots:
- Natural antibiotics, like garlic, olive oil, and onions
- Tomato (Tomatoes effectively inhibit platelet aggregation)
- Grapes ( They are rich in flavonoids, like kaempferol, quercetin, and myricetin, that provide powerful blood-thinning effects)
- Vitamin E ( It prevents oxidation, so increase the intake of avocados, kiwi, almonds, broccoli)
- Omega-3 fatty acids ( They reduce blood platelet activity, and the richest sources include walnuts, fish, and pumpkin seeds)
- Turmeric (Its active ingredient, curcumin, works on platelets to prevent clots from forming)
- Ginger(Acetyl salicylic acid, derived from salicylate, found in this root, and usually called aspirin, can help prevent strokes)
- Gingko ( It reduces fibrin, a protein that supports blood clot formation)
- Vitamin C (It supports vascular health)
- Cinnamon (This popular spice contains coumarin, a chemical that acts as a powerful anticoagulant, and lowers blood pressure)
- Cayenne pepper (Cayenne peppers possess potent blood-thinning properties due to the high amount of salicylates)
- Beetroot( It is high in nitrates, that improve heart health and reduce blood clotting)
Additionally, the following drinks and foods can also help you thin the blood:
- Vegetables, like lettuce, broccoli
- Fruits, like berries, grapefruits, pineapple, and pomegranates
- Dark chocolate
- Tree nuts like walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, and Brazil nuts
- Drinks like green tea, grape juice, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice