Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

Okay – we’re on the anticoagulant medication trail today!

Yep, I know that’s a pretty big word for this time of the morning (well it’s morning where I am, anyway!).

To put it in layman’s terms – this article will be covering a selection of foods that act as blood thinners, or blood-thinning agents. The type of foods that are known to help with eliminating the build up of blood clots (and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke!).

There are over-the-counter medications, usually prescribed by your GP, but what about those that want to take the more natural route?

Let’s take a closer look…

REMEMBER – I am certainly not a doctor, or any sort of medical professional – if you are prescribed something it is for a reason, so take it! The following natural examples SHOULD NOT be used as a substitute for prescription anticoagulant medication.

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Does Garlic Thin Blood?

Does Garlic Thin Blood?

Okay, this is a bit of a 50/50 one at the moment, and it’s hard to get a straight answer on the subject – does garlic thin blood?

A popular March 2001 medical article claimed that garlic was an excellent choice for naturally battling blood clots. To be precise – it exerts a mild inhibitory effect on platelet aggregation.

All well and good…

But, a later medical journal/article, stated that garlic does not have blood-thinning effects when taken alone at a daily recommended dose – this research was dated at May 2013.

So, at the time of writing this, most ‘experts’ believe that there is insufficient evidence on garlic’s blood thinning properties.


How Much Does Fish Oil Thin Blood?

How Much Does Fish Oil Thin Blood?

It’s now common knowledge in health circles that fish oil, and fish, contain high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Now, these fatty acids definitely contain elements that contribute to blood-thinning effects.

You can find high levels of food source EPA and DHA in fish (salmon, tuna, sardines and cod). You can also buy doses of fish oil over-the-counter in supplement format (capsule and liquid formats).

The American Heart Association believes that just two generous portions of fish a week will change your overall risk of coronary heart disease.

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Vitamin E’s Blood-Thinning Properties

Vitamin E's Blood-Thinning Properties

Vitamin E has exhibited blood-thinning properties in laboratory situations on a number of occasions – all of them seem to be dose dependent.

What does this mean?

Well, you need large quantities of this vitamin to see these sort of effects. To be brutally honest with you – there are positive signs there, but more research is needed on Vitamin E before you can call it a natural blood-thinner.

If you are still interested, Vit E can be found in foods such as eggs (yolks), whole grain options, seeds and nuts.


Coumarin Food

Coumarin Food

A really common medication prescribed for people with heart conditions is a blood-thinning medication called warfarin. Did you know that warfarin is a derivative of a naturally occurring, plant-derived chemical called coumarin?

Well now you do!

There are thousands of coumarin-containing herbs available but don’t get your hopes up – they are typically very weak and are nowhere near as powerful as the warfarin medication.

Some medical experts have actually gone as far as warning warfarin-takers away from coumarin-rich herbs to avoid possible additive effects (just in case!).

Here are some examples of coumarin-containing herbs:

  • Angelica root
  • Anise
  • Arnica flower
  • Chamomile
  • Licorice root


Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

The most important thing to take away from this article is the fact that NONE of the above should be used instead of the blood-thinners you were prescribed – you are on that medication for a reason!

Always discuss your medications, supplements and dietary choices with your doctor/GP/Health Care worker BEFORE you start taking anything.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered above, please leave them in the comment section below.

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12 thoughts on “Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

  1. 🤣🤣🤣LOL. Please don’t get confused. Let me explain the reason why I’m laughing.

    As soon as I saw the tumeric picture at the top of your blog post, I rushed back to my fridge to make sure the one which was preserved there is still good. Since you have pointed this out again, I have to get to work and start taking it throughout this week. Thanks for the reminder. LOL.

    This is undoubtedly one of the most informative posts I’ve had to read concerning health. I’m happy that at least I’ve been consistent with the foods you recommend. How we wished we knew about this much earlier, our lives would have been different. Anyway better late than never.

    I’ve bookmarked your page and will share it with my elder sister. She’s actually the one who made sure I included all sorts of natural herbs in my diets, especially ginger and garlic, and I’ve done my best to be consistent. Now I know the real benefits of consuming these magical foods on a consistent basis. Thanks a million for the reminders.

  2. I never knew that Ginger, turmeric, and garlic are natural blood thinners. I did know that cinnamon was good for you, but was unaware of all of its benefits.

    This article was very helpful and I plan to share this information with my parents to help with their overall health. I am also going to take a look at a few of the other interesting and informative articles on your website.

    Thank you for the great information.

  3. Reading this article reminds one of the importance of eating fish at least twice a day. Most people would not willingly go onto medication like Warfarin unless it was absolutely deemed necessary by a medical practitioner. The supplements and eating the correct foods seem to be the best way forward.

    1. Yeah I agree Jill, but unfortunately some people have to take blood thinning medication due to them being a stroke risk. It’s always best to listen to your GP first before going out on your own!

  4. Garlic and ginger are common ingredients that I eat daily and I think they really effective. I didn’t know that fish can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease significantly.Thanks for that valuable information. Now on I would have fish at least 2-3 times a week. Is there any quality supplements that can be taken as blood without any side effects?

    1. Hi Sanjay, you can get simple garlic supplements if you want? 

      I personally don’t like recommending too many supplements in the comment section, because I don’t know what medications people are already on! 

  5. Thank you for a very interesting post. To be honest I never thought in terms of blood thinning as heart disease preventative, so it is all very educational for me. 

    I’ve been living in East Asia for the last 32 years and many of the blood thinning foods are a regular part of my diet.  I eat garlic and hot peppers practically daily, ginger maybe 2-3 times a week and anise and turmeric occasionally.  Also, when I am in the Philippines I have some sort of fairly oily fish 4-5 times a week.  Does this sound like enough to get the therapeutic blood thinning benefits through diet?  My blood pressure is in the normal range as is my EKG readings.

    Any ideas or thoughts or ideas?  How do I know if I am getting enough of these foods?



    1. That all sounds pretty cool to me Joe – I think you’ve got everything covered within your weekly diet (by the sound of it!).

  6. The video at the end of your post indicates that Garlic is a good blood thinning agent, and that all we have to do is eat two or three cloves daily on an empty stomach. Oooh I would find that hard to do!

    The video makes the statement that:

    Sulfur-containing compounds like adenosine, allicin and paraffinic polysulfides contained in garlic act as blood thinners, which supports your statement that these should not be taken with blood thinners. It also re-affirms your comment about the ability of these foods to act as blood thinners being a 50/50 proposition.

    I also believe that it is important that people who believe that nature has remedies to all of our maladies should take note of these comments here. I am all for a good healthy diet, with a good activity level but there are cases where modern man’s medicine is the best solution.

    1. Good comment Steve – many good points covered there! I agree that there is certainly a place for modern man’s medicines AND you should always consult a GP before taking your own route with natural choices. 

      Thanks for taking the time to write your opinion down with us.

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