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The American Heart Association defines an anticoagulant as a medication that prevents blood from clotting. Anticoagulants are given to people who are at risk for blood clots, people with artificial heart valves, and people with atrial fibrillation. Common anticoagulants include Coumadin and heparin. According to RD411, some foods and supplements have anticoagulant properties and can affect blood clotting. If you are taking anticoagulants, you should avoid these foods unless a doctor says otherwise.
Ginger is the underground stem of the Zingiber plant. It has been used for its medicinal properties in Asian cultures for thousands of years. Ginger is most commonly recommended as an aid for stomach upset like nausea and vomiting. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, preliminary studies show ginger may help prevent blood from clotting. They go on to say that it is too early to make firm recommendations to heart patients, but these affects may help protect against blood vessel blockage that can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Garlic is another food that has been used for its medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The University of Maryland Medical Center says garlic is recommended to help prevent heart disease. In addition to decreasing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol, garlic helps prevent platelet aggregation, also known as blood clotting. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, allicin appears to be the chemical property in garlic with the anticoagulant powers.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin naturally found in some foods. There are many health claims related to vitamin E, most notably its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, vitamin E has been shown to prevent or delay the onset of coronary heart disease by preventing the formation of blood clots. Food sources of vitamin E include almonds, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, peanuts, safflower oil, spinach and mangoes.
Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and halibut contain an essential fatty acid called omega 3 fatty acid. Recently, studies have shown that omega 3 fatty acids reduce the risk of heart disease, says the University of Maryland Medical Center. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week for heart health. In addition to lowering triglyceride levels and blood pressure, omega 3 fatty acids in fish contain anticoagulant properties that slow down the development of blood clots to help prevent and treat atherosclerosis. Read more:
Originally posted by beezzer
Originally posted by Charmeine
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Could you please share them anyway? Might help someone else....
Sure! I have implants all through my left leg. Artificial joint, coupled with repaired ligaments and tendons.
Fought opiate addiction so now I use homeopathic balms (actually one is working great from a fellow ATS'er who sent it to me) I use asprin/ibuprophen and actually physical exercise helps.
Believe it or not, physical exercise strengthens portions of the body that compensate for damaged parts. Now I don't know if that'll help your condition, but I do hope you feel better.
Originally posted by Charmeine
So this may sound a bit like a pity fest of one but I'm super bummed out after having to cut my Christmas dinner short with family after swelling up like a balloon. I want to sleep, exhausted but I'm in too much pain at the moment.
I'm a complicated case. I have a rare blood clotting disorder and am suffering from Chronic Clot at the moment (bad veins, the vein walls are thickening, constantly and causing clotting). If you have ever had a charlie horse, or pins and needles in your legs, this is what I'm feeling all the time. ALL the time. My doc put me on XXX name here but all it did was make me stoned. Hot baths don't help with the pain - it seems nothing does.
I also have osteoarthritis which is painful at best of times.
So - my question is - for those with chronic pain how the 'eff do you deal with it on bad days?
Do you take herbs? (please don't mention the use of medications or drugs)
Do you find movement and exercise helps?
Seriously, what do you folks do to help with chronic pain?
Edited not to break ats rulesedit on 26-12-2012 by Charmeine because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by camaro68ss
I have DDD in my lower back. I have yet to try this but i hear going on a fast for a week or more helps repair damaged body parts. Most the energy the body uses is for digesting food. if you stop eating, the body stops using its energy on digesting food and foceses on repairing the body. Its worth a try for me and after the holidays im going to try it.
PS, im not a doctor so do so at your own risk.