Remedies To Prevent And Treat Blood Clots

There are many aspects involved if we want to maintain or improve  our blood system health. According to American Heart Association the combination of seven factors makes the ideal cardiovascular health : nonsmoking, a body mass index less than 25, goal-level physical activity and healthy diet, untreated cholesterol below 200, blood pressure below 120/80 and fasting blood sugar below 100. Unfortunately for us only one out of 1,900 evaluated people meet the AHA definition of ideal cardiovascular health. For those who are at risk or are aged over 45-50 natural remedies can greatly reduce or even eliminate inflammation or diminish arterial stiffness and in other ways benefit the health of the cardiovascular system.

Recommended

Systemic Enzymes most powerful blood thinners and clot-busters

Enzyme supplements when taken consistently, purify the blood by breaking down its undigested proteins, cellular debris as well as other toxins. As they do good for your blood, they are good to your entire body to help it fight inflammation, dissolve scar tissue, boost cardiovascular, respiratory and immune function.

Important note: Systemic Enzymes must be ingested on an empty stomach in order to purify the blood.1

In other words, proteolytic enzymes are the final line of defense against disease, illnesses, pain and everything else that happens inside your body.

And unfortunately with the nutrient-deficient food were eating today, the vast majority of adults today have dangerously low levels of these enzymes!

The easiest and most affordable way to get them in your body is by taking Systemic Enzyme supplements.

Hawthorn (Crataegus)

Hawthorn is widely used in Europe as a natural, safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease. It also plays an important role in treating high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. This herb is used to improve the overall health of the circulatory system. Laboratory studies have found that hawthorn contains active compounds with antioxidant properties. These antioxidants neutralise free radicals and may reduce and sometimes prevent the damage to blood vessels, helping to restore the heart muscle wall and lower cholesterol.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has been proven to protect against arterial stiffness and reduce blood pressure and improve the overall health of your blood vessels. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked as well to type 2 diabetes, several cancers  and autoimmune conditions.

The main supply of vitamin D comes from the sun. In small quantities we can get Vitamin D from egg yolks, fish liver and from fat fish or supplements.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)

Studies indicate that Ginkgo biloba can assist the body’s ability to reduce blood stickiness, thus lowering the risk of blood clots. Further studies have proven Ginkgo biloba as a natural antioxidant with regards to cardiac health in antioxidant protection against myocardial ischemia. Other trials have suggested possible benefit of Gingko biloba on vision.  Ginkgo is widely used in China, Germany, and France.

The most important active ingredients are ginkgolide, flavone glycosides, bioflavins, sitosterol, lactones and anthocyanin. Studies also indicate that Ginkgo biloba can be effective as the standard pharmaceutical drugs in treating irregular heart beats.

Ginger (Zinziber officinalis)

For over 2000 years Chinese medicine has recommended ginger for maintaining normal blood circulation,  improving and absorbing nutrients in the body, preventing colon cancer, strengthening immunity. Also, this herb has recently been studied for ability to reduce pain and inflammation as well as natural treatment for colds and flu.

Nattokinase

Nattokinase is an enzyme extracted from natto, a traditional Japanese food produced by fermenting soybeans. Nattokinase is marketed by the alternative medicine industry for its “clot-busting” benefits. It resemble the fibrinolytic activity of our body’s natural enzyme – plasmin. As we age our body produces less plasmin and more fibrinogen making us prone to heart attacks and strokes. Studies show that nattokinase increases our blood levels of a substance called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. tPA prevents your blood from clotting by interfering with the actions of proteins called coagulation factors  and at the same time it helps to dissolve existing clots.

White Willow

White willow, also known as willow bark or European willow, is the archetypical herbal “blood thinner.” The generic name for willow, “Salix,” alludes to the salicylate content of plants in this group. For thousands of years, willow has been used for its pain-relieving properties or anti-inflammatory and fever reducing remedy. In 1897, the Bayer Company developed a semi-synthetic derivative of willow bark called acetylsalicylic acid, or aspirin, which became widely used as painkiller, anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant medicine. Natural form of salicylic acid performs the same role as aspirin, but it does not have the side effects as synthetic. Salicortin from white willow is absorbed through the intestinal wall and converted to salicylic acid in the blood and liver. The conversion process takes several hours but after that effects lasts longer than synthetic aspirin. It is also used to reduce fever, as pain reliever, anti inflammatory.

Vitamin K – clotting vitamin

This vitamin is needed to help the body make blood clots, that’s why it was named vitamin K – for “’koagulation’.Without vitamin K we would bleed to death and it is used along with calcium and vitamin D for making and keeping our bones strong. However, when some people’s bodies produce too many blood clots it is advised to watch foods high in vitamin K. Green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, turnip greens, lettuce contain considerably high amount of vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 is found in fermented foods such as cheese and natto (fermented soybean), curd cheese. Moderate amounts of vitamin K1 can be found in green cabbage, broccoli, dry chickpeas.

Other Blood Thinning Foods

There are many blood thinning fooods but it is important to reduce fatty foods and proteins. Foods rich with salicylates prevent absorption of vitamin K, which plays a key role in blood clotting. Various spices, such as cinnamon, paprika, oregano, licorise, peppermint, dill, curry powder, turmeric, thyme have natural salicylates. A lot of fruits also contain these substances: grapes, oranges, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, prunes, raisins, strawberries. Its worth mentioning such fruit as pomegranate. Studies show that compounds  punicalagins found in pomegranate help in maintaining healthy heart. These compounds not only lower cholesterol but lower blood pressure and increase the speed at which atherosclerotic plaques melt away.  It is proved that antioxidant compounds found in pomegranates reduced platelet aggregation consequently preventing heart attacks and strokes.

Not recommended

There are few natural substances witch are used widely in lowering cholesterol levels but should be used with caution or not used at all.

Red yeast rice (Monascus purpurea)

In China it has been used for centuries to help to maintain cholesterol levels and to support cardiovascular health. Though it is prised for its ability to lower cholesterol levels, it is acting exactly as a statin drug with all the same side effects (nerve damage that causes pain in the hands and feet and trouble walking).

Aspirin

Aspirin is the most used drug in the world. It is widely recommended to take daily doses of aspirin to prevent a heart attack. Unfortunately it has a lot of side effects: interference of blood clotting processes, stomach upsets, stomach bleeding, ulcers, hives, asthma, hearing loss, dizziness, shortness of breath, anaemia, pregnancy problems, urinary infections and Reyes syndrome.

This material is provided purely for your information. Ask your doctor whether blood-thinning herbal remedies are safe for you. It is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your primary health care provider.

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