Is your blood thinner safe?

Natural blood thinners: better than Rx

| Blood-thinning drugs come with ominous warnings. These natural alternatives have been used safely for centuries. 

(Jayne Leonard, Medical News Today) Natural blood thinners are substances that reduce the blood’s ability to form clots [which can lead to life-threatening blockages called embolisms – Editor].

These remedies are so powerful, it is essential to speak with a doctor before trying them.

Some foods and other substances that may act as natural blood thinners and help reduce the risk of clots include the following list:

1. Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and blood-thinning properties.

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin that has anti-inflammatory and blood thinning or anticoagulant properties.

2. Ginger

Ginger is another anti-inflammatory spice that may stop blood clotting. It contains a natural acid called salicylate. Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is a synthetic derivative of salicylate and a potent blood thinner.

To get the anticoagulant effects of natural salicylates, people may want to use fresh or dried ginger regularly in baking, cooking, and juices.

It is unlikely, however, that natural salicylates are as effective as blood-thinning medications.

A 2015 analysis of 10 studies also suggests that ginger’s effects on blood clotting are unclear. It indicates that more research is needed to understand the potential blood-thinning properties of ginger fully.

3. Cayenne peppers

Cayenne peppers are also high in salicylates and can act as powerful blood-thinning agents. Cayenne pepper is quite spicy, however, and many people can only tolerate it in small amounts.

Capsules containing cayenne pepper are available in health food stores and online. Other benefits of this spice include lowering blood pressure, increasing circulation, and reducing pain sensations.

4. Vitamin E

Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, which may reduce blood clotting.

Vitamin E reduces blood clotting in a few different ways. These effects depend on the amount of vitamin E that a person takes. Read the full story at Medical News Today.