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Fish oil: The natural blood thinner that rivals warfarin

by , 13 May 2013

While warfarin is the popular choice for many people trying to both prevent and guard against blood clots, it can actually slow the clotting process useful for stopping unnecessary blood clots from forming. Perhaps it's time to make the switch. Read on to discover why fish oil is a safer alternative to warfarin.

If you’re trying to reduce blood clotting using warfarin, you may be causing more harm than good to your body. Especially with side effects including, bleeding from the rectum, hives, swelling of the face, throat, mouth, legs, feet or hands, bruising, chest pain, nausea, fever and muscle aches.

It may be time to work with your doctor to switch to fish oil, which can be as effective as warfarin BUT without the harsh side effects.

Here’s why fish oil is better than warfarin as a natural blood thinner

Did you know that it’s possible to take so much fish oil that if you cut yourself you won’t stop bleeding?

In fact, “that should be a clue to the fact that fish oil can be an effective anti-coagulant as effective as warfarin,” says Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing.

But it’s important that your doctor uses a specific test to “measure how long it takes platelets to start forming clumps, an aspect of the clotting process not affected by warfarin, but definitely affected by larger quantities of fish oil,” says Dr Wright. An “extra-long” platelet aggregation time indicates inhibition of blood clotting.

What’s the dosage?

For adults, 1½ tablespoons of fish oil twice daily is enough to lengthen platelet aggregation time and partially, although not completely, inhibit blood clotting.

But, it’s important to never take extra fish oil without additional vitamin E in the form of “mixed tocopherols”. That’s because Vitamin E prevents extra fish oil from causing lipid peroxidation oxidative damage to cell membranes.
Your best bet according to Dr Wright is “is 600 IU of mixed tocopherols twice daily or three of the 400 IU capsules with 1½ tablespoons of fish oil.

Dr Wright cautions that while it’s possible to both prevent and guard against blood clots without the use of warfarin or other patent medications, “work with a physician skilled and knowledgeable in natural and nutritional medicine if you decide to do so.”

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