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What Foods Dissolve Blood Clots?

Blood clots that form deep in the veins can cause a number of serious health problems. Strokes, heart attacks, and pulmonary embolisms can be caused when a blood clot that has formed in the veins dislodges and then gets stuck near the heart, lungs, or brain. Dissolve blood clots can help dramatically reduce your risk of experiencing any of these serious, potentially fatal health problems.

There are a number of medicines and in-office treatments that can help dissolve blood clots, but some people would prefer to dissolve the clots naturally. One natural way to dissolve blood clots is by incorporating foods that will prevent clots from forming and break up any clots that may have formed and created blockages that have resulted in varicose veins or other problems.

Want to try to naturally prevent a blood clot from forming? The following are some examples of foods that are not only good for you but have nutrients and antioxidants that can help you if you have a history of blood clots.

Bite into an Apple

Apples contain a clot-fighting compound known as rutinRutin has been shown in studies to actively prevent clots from forming in both the arteries and veins.

Unlike many clot-fighting foods and medicines, rutin doesn’t actually go after an already formed clot. Instead, it works with the body’s cells to prevent it from creating an enzyme that is known to cause blood clots. By preventing the body from creating this enzyme, the body is less likely to create natural blockages of blood in the veins.

Apples aren’t the only food that contains rutinRutin can be found in the following foods and items:

  • Grapefruits
  • Teas
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Buckwheat
  • Nutritional supplements

Add Fresh Pineapple to Your Diet

Fresh pineapple contains an enzyme known as bromelain. Bromelain helps to break up existing clots and prevent future ones from forming.

It might be tempting to grab a can of pineapples from off the shelf in the store, but they won’t help with blood clots. Canned pineapples do not contain bromelain because the heating process that is used to can them removes it.

If you are unable to obtain fresh pineapple, there are other non-food related alternatives. Bromelain can be purchased as a digestive aid or as part of a nutritional supplement.

Other Foods and Drinks Known to Dissolve or Prevent Blood Clots

Other foods and drinks that have been known to prevent blood clots include:

  • Red wine
  • Grape juice
  • Water
  • Garlic
  • Virgin olive oil
  • Kiwi
  • Leafy green vegetables like kale or spinach

Work with a Vein Doctor to Create a Personalized Treatment Plan for Blood Clots

While eating these foods may help prevent future blood clots and dissolve any that have already formed, they don’t address and solve any underlying issues that caused the clots to form in the first place. It is important that you work closely with a doctor to create a customized vein treatment plan that will actively address any underlying health issues, monitor current clots that have formed, and prevent future clots from forming.

If you live in the Tampa, Florida area Dr. Chris Pittman of Vein911 can work with you to create a customized treatment plan. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free vein treatment evaluation.