Prevent Stroke & Heart Attack with these Natural Blood Thinners

by Pankaj Kotak, M.Sc., N.D.


The majority of heart attacks and strokes are caused by a blood flow blockage created by the sudden rupture of vulnerable (unstable) plaque that results in a blood clot. The clot can either obstruct the blood vessel on the spot of the rupture or it can flow in the bloodstream and clog a smaller vessel elsewhere in the body. This can result in a heart attack if the blood flow to the heart muscle is obstructed; or a stroke, if the blood flow to the brain is interrupted.

Fibrinogen is a protein found in the blood which plays an important role in blood clotting. It is also an important factor in deciding platelet aggregation and blood viscosity. Although fibrinogen is required for normal clotting, having too much of it makes the blood too sticky and causes rapid clotting.

An increasing number of research studies indicate that high levels of fibrinogen in the blood are strongly related with higher incidence of strokes and heart attacks. Therefore, reducing fibrinogen levels and making the blood less sticky helps in preventing strokes and heart attacks.

Following are 6 potent natural super foods that lower the fibrinogen levels and make the blood thinner and less sticky. They improve the circulation and reduce the tendency of formation of clots:

Red chili peppers such as Cayenne improve the circulation and reduce the stickiness of blood.

Garlic is one of the most scientifically researched herbs for its use in the natural treatment of cardiovascular illnesses. Medical researchers have found that Garlic inhibits platelet aggregation. Garlic also works as an anticoagulant by dissolving the clots.

When it comes to improving cardiovascular health, both green tea and black tea perform very well. Tea is high in antioxidants which protect the blood vessels and dissolve clots. Regular tea consumption is thought to be a contributing factor in the lower incidence of heart disease in the Asian populations as compared to the Americans and Europeans.

Ginger has been found to reduce platelet aggregation and clotting.

Clove is a common kitchen spice. Clove oil has many therapeutic uses, one of them being a natural anti-coagulant. Clove Oil has been found to reduce platelet aggregation, which makes the blood less sticky and more fluid.

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