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Foods to Avoid While Taking Cumadin

by
author image Sharin Griffin
Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.
Foods to Avoid While Taking Cumadin
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Overview

Coumadin, also called warfarin, is a popular blood thinner used for prevention and treatment of blood clots. When someone starts taking it, she may not realize that there are certain foods that become off limits. It is important that you adjust your diet to avoid problems with this medication.

Foods Containing Vitamin K

Since coumadin is taken for thinning the blood, you should not eat many foods with vitamin K, as this will thicken the blood. Vegetables to avoid include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, seaweed and turnip greens. There are also some meats and other sources of proteins that you should steer clear of. Beef liver, chicken liver, pork liver, lentils and garbanzo beans are among these. Also, do not drink green tea or use soybean oil, as these also contain high amounts vitamin K. These foods will inhibit the effects of the coumadin, making its performance severely lacking and possibly aid in the formation of a blood clot.

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Alcohol Intake

Alcohol actually has a blood thinning property and should be avoided. It is difficult enough to regulate an individual's dose of coumadin, alcohol will make this even more challenging and could make your blood too thin, causing many problems including nose bleeds, and bleeding from the ears. If you must drink alcohol, limit your intake to one to two servings only occasionally.

Other Foods

Doctors from the American Heart Association state that it is OK to eat other foods as you regularly would unless otherwise instructed by your physician. Coumadin can draw vitamins and minerals from your body, so a balanced diet is very important to your treatment and the prevention of blood clots. Stay informed and stick to your nutritional plan, for optimum results with coumadin.

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