The body’s natural ability to heal is astonishing… Without even trying, our cells know that blood should clot in the event of injury to prevent serious blood loss. However, for some, blood clots can be fatal. For people who have conditions such as irregular heart rhythm, congenital heart defects and those who have undergone surgeries like heart valve surgery, medical blood thinners may be seen as a necessity.
That being said, man-made medicine is not the ONLY solution. God has provided us with handfuls of natural remedies, ingredients and medicines for us to use. Unlike many modern medicines, these natural blood thinning agents do not have harmful side-effects.
Check out these 10 natural blood thinners that are found in nature:
This beautiful yellow spice has been used to treat ailments for thousands of years. In a 2012 study, scientists were able to build upon the use of Turmeric for anti-inflammatory needs, and discovered that it also has anticoagulant properties.
Did you know that Ginger and Turmeric are members of the same family? A trait that both of them share is containing salicylate, a naturally occurring chemical. Modern medicines utilize acetylsalicylic acid, a synthetically derived salicylate. This is also known as aspirin, a medication that is commonly utilized to treat stroke and heart attack.
Cinnamon contains the powerful compound, coumarin. Coumarin has demonstrated anticoagulant benefits and may also lower blood pressure and relieve inflammation.
4. Cayenne Peppers
Cayenne peppers aren’t only known for their heat. This vegetable can have a blood-thinning effect on the human body. This is due, once again, due to the abundance of salicylates.
This pepper can be taken in capsules or as a spice for food.
5. Vitamin E
According to the National Blood Clot alliance Vitamin E is effective as a mild anticoagulant. Some foods that are high in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, avocado, salmon, mango, kiwifruit, and more! You can also find this vitamin sold as a supplement in capsule form, with prices ranging from $15-$85 dollars.
Although known for the unique flavor it brings to food, garlic is also blessed with antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. In fact, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend that people stop taking high doses of garlic 7-10 days before surgery due to the blood thinning effects.
7. Ginkgo biloba
For thousands of years, ancient Chinese medicine utilized the leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree. To this day, Ginkgo is an herbal supplement that is taken for low energy, memory problems, along with other benefits.
Initial studies show that ginkgo has the potential to produce similar results to man-made drugs that are used to treat blood clots.
8. Grape Seed Extract
Extract from grape seeds contain antioxidants to help your body to protect the blood vessels and may help prevent high blood pressure. There has been some promise in the scientific field that suggests grape seed extract has many potential benefits for your heart.
9. Dong quai
Don quai is a traditional Chinese herb that is known to play a role in reducing blood clotting. Past scientific research has shown that dong quai increases the amount of time it takes for blood to clot.
This herb can be taken as a supplement or added to herbal teas or soups.
Commonly found in pineapples, this enzyme is extracted from the fruit. Research has demonstrated that Bromelain has many beneficial effects such as having antiinflammatory and antithrombotic (reduces formation of blood clots) properties
We do not need to rely solely on man-made medications to bring us health. Our earth is full of amazing, natural ingredients that can help us to feel our absolute best.
As always, talk to your doctor before starting any home remedies that may affect your health.
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