Blood Clot Preventing Foods

Speak to most people suffering from heart diseases and most likely you’ll learn a lot about blood clots.  Though it sounds simple, it’s actually not just than the narrowing of arteries.  When one develops a blood clot, the flow of oxygen and normal blood is restricted and prevents it from travelling to different parts of the body.  This is prone to happen when the blood vessels, arteries or veins are already damaged from previous conditions.

Studies have shown that certain types of food contain anticoagulant properties that prevent the formation of blot clots.  However, rather than just self analyzing one’s needs and choosing to go on a diet of foods that help prevent blood clots, it is always wiser to see a doctor who can guide you especially if you are already suffering from different health issues or are already taking medication such as blood thinners.

Aside from using it as a flavoring ingredient in many gourmet recipes, garlic has been regarded for its medicinal properties for many centuries.  Recent studies from reputable institutions have shown that eating garlic on a regular basis helps in improving heart health and prevent blood clots. Apart from this good news, garlic has been shown to lower bad cholesterol levels and increase good.

The key compound in garlic is allicin, which possesses anticoagulant properties.  This simply means that it prevents blood from clotting.  Related vegetables such as ginger and onions are also recommended as well as green leafy vegetables and some fruits like kale, spinach, broccoli, lettuce, asparagus and some fruits like peaches and bananas.

Foods that are abundant in vitamin E rich are also known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Eating lots of fatty fish like salmon, tuna and halibut helps prevent coronary diseases by preventing blood clots from forming.  For vegans, vitamin E can be derived from whole grains, nuts, seeds and vegetables such as wheat germ, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, safflower oil, mangoes and spinach.

It is important to note that these healthy recipes should be combined into a balanced diet rich in different nutrients.  Another important factor is regular exercise which also helps a lot in maintaining or improving the health of one’s heart and circulatory system.

Other foods that may help prevent blood clot formation include mint, paprika, curry, cinnamon, dill and oregano.  Herbs act as natural antioxidants which improve the condition of the circulatory system.

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