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What Fruits & Vegetables Are Excellent for Thinning the Blood?

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author image Jill Andrews
Jill Andrews began writing professionally for various online publications since 2009. Andrews holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry/nutrition from Memorial University in St.John's, Newfoundland. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
What Fruits & Vegetables Are Excellent for Thinning the Blood?
The kiwi is one fruit source that can thin your blood. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Many of the foods you eat may act to thin your blood. Specific fruits and vegetables may be rich in vitamins, such as vitamin E, or salicylates that can have blood-thinning effects. If you are already taking blood-clotting medication or are concerned about thinning blood, then you should be aware of these natural blood thinners. Discuss your concerns with your health care provider.

Kiwis

The kiwi is a rich source of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, magnesium and copper. Kiwis may help to thin your blood, reduce blood clotting and reduce levels of fat in your blood associated with blocked arteries. This fruit can be eaten whole with its seeds and peel.

Fruits And Vegetables Rich In Vitamin E

Vitamin E has a blood-thinning effect in your body. This effect can be enhanced by taking certain substances, such as chondroitin. In addition, if you consume a high intake of vitamin E and a low intake of vitamin K, you may increase your risk of bleeding. You may be taking vitamin E in supplement form or in dietary forms. Fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin E include kiwifruits, mangoes, tomatoes, spinach and broccoli. The recommended daily intake for vitamin E is 15 mg for adults.

Fruits And Vegetables High In Salicylates

Salicylates are substances that block the effects of vitamin K, a vitamin that causes blood clotting. Some of the foods you eat that may be high in salicylates include raisins, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, oranges, cherries and prunes. You may need to monitor your intake of salicylate-rich fruits if you are concerned about excess blood thinning.

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