Natural blood thinners
Why use blood thinners?
If you use NATURAL blood thinners, you will enjoy:
- Improved blood circulation.
- Better looking and healthier skin.
- General good health with a lower risk of a wide variety of degenerative diseases.
The main danger of blood thinning is if you are at high risk of bleeding, such as if you are about to have surgery, or if you have an ulcer in danger of bleeding. If you are pregnant, you can continue to use the natural blood thinners in moderate quantities as normal foods, though I would suggest stopping taking kombucha because of its small alcohol content.
Pharmaceutical blood thinners have serious side-effects
If you have a history of suffering from blood clotting problems (thick blood) or if you are at a high risk of developing blood clots or a stroke, a blood thinner is almost essential for your continued good health. Your doctor will probably prescribe a pharmaceutical blood thinner. However, pharmaceutical blood thinners are particularly prone to some very serious and nasty side-effects (see below).
The least dangerous pharmaceutical blood thinner is aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). Aspirin's side effects include gastrointestinal ulcers, stomach bleeding and tinnitus, especially when it is taken in higher doses.
New research (1) shows that MOST emergency hospital visits in the USA by the elderly are caused by the side-effects and overdosing of commonly-used pharmaceutical blood thinners such as Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven, Marevan, Lawarin, Waran, and Warfant) and Clopidogrel (Plavix). These blood thinners are prescribed to prevent strokes and blood clots. Common side-effects from these drugs include:
- Interaction with other drugs, causing a wide variety of problems that are not usually blamed on the drug.
- Muscle aches and pains.
- Internal bleeding.
- Stomach ulcers, kidney failure.
- Various other problems that destroy your health.
There are many natural foods and herbs that possess powerful anti-inflammatory and blood thinning properties. Unfortunately, most doctors don't know about them, and the drug companies have no incentive to publicise this information. These natural remedies normally have no side-effects whatsoever.
Warning - don't take these natural remedies in combination with any pharmaceutical drugs. Get off the drugs and onto the natural remedies with the knowledge of your doctor and supervised by a well-trained herbalist or natural health practitioner.
Natural blood thinners
- Cayenne pepper. This is the most potent / fast-acting of the blood thinners listed on this Grow Youthful page. In large quantities it has the effect of a clot buster, and has been used for relief from angina and heart attack recovery.
- Ginger. Ginger is a close relative of turmeric, and its healing properties are somewhat similar. It reduces inflammation, strengthens the immune system, settles the stomach and digestive upsets or nausea, and is great for motion sickness. An ancient traditional remedy is to pound a small piece and use it to make a cup of hot tea. Powdered ginger is also useful, and has slightly different properties.
- Pineapple (bromelain). Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples. It acts as a protein digestive enzyme, and helps protect against the formation of uric acid crystals, which are responsible for causing gout and some of kidney stones. It has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, and also acts as a blood-thinner by reducing excessive blood platelet adhesiveness. It is a useful remedy for arthritis when taken on an empty stomach. Bromelain's healing properties are enhanced when combined with turmeric and ginger.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Drinking water. Most people are dehydrated, and they don't even know it. Dehydration thickens the blood, increasing the risk of blood clots along with many other visible symptoms of dehydration. How much water to drink for a healthy circulatory and cardiovascular system, and to maintain good health?
- Natto miso. A fermented Japanese miso made with soy beans, barley, ginger, sea vegetables / seaweed / kombu and salt.
1. Daniel S. Budnitz, Maribeth C. Lovegrove, Nadine Shehab, Chesley L. Richards.
Emergency Hospitalizations for Adverse Drug Events in Older Americans.
N Engl J Med 2011; 365:2002-2012