Blood clots are buildup of blood tissue and plasma; they occur anywhere in the body and mainly in the veins or arteries of the eyes, lungs, legs, heart or brain. Blood clots formed in veins differ from those in the arteries and need different medicines for healing. However, there are many natural cures for blood clots and today; many medical experts are agreeing that these natural fixes may be even better than conventional anticoagulation medications. Let us find out which are the best herbs and natural cures for blood clots in legs, brain, heart and menstrual blood.
Arginine is a powerful amino acid that is known to ‘clean sweep’ arteries. It provides powerful anticoagulation action that can prevent blood clots from forming and also dissolve existing clots. Always use pure Arginine derived from non genetically modified, organic Japanese Soy. Any natural heart supplements contain this powerful blood clot buster. Talk to your doctor about the right dosage to take.
2. Blackstrap molasses
BSM is a superfood which can prevent many issues including preventing blood clots during menstruation. Take two tablespoons of organic Blackstrap molasses a few weeks before the period. You can even take BSM during the period to reduce anemia. BSM can also dissolve clots in the legs, heart and brain.
Read more about this superfood here.
3. Salicytate containing foods and supplements
Salicytate compounds are the main/active ingredients in Aspirin which is the number one anticoagulant prescribed for blood clots in the heart. Many foods, herbs and spices contain natural salicytate which can be consumed on a daily basis to prevent and dissolve the clots.
- Curry powder
Many fruits also contain Salicytates like:
- All berries-strawberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, tangerines
- Apple cider vinegar
- Red and white wine
- Pineapple juice
- Green tea and black tea
Coumarin is one of the best herbs for blood clots in legs which can be used for preventing and dissolving both venous and arterial blood clots. The drug Warfarin that is prescribed for preventing clots to heart patients is a synthetic derivative of coumarin. Here are some plants and herbs containing coumarin derivatives:
- Dong Quai
- Horse chestnut
- Horse radish
- Japanese Green tea
- Sweet clover
- Essential oils of cassia, lavender and cinnamon bark
If you are taking anticoagulants, avoid taking above herbs for blood clots in excess to prevent bleeding.
5. Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
This antioxidant vitamin is also an anticoagulant and many lab tests have proven its anti blood clotting effects in animals. Patients can take a vitamin E supplement as advised by the doctor. If you are at a risk of excess bleeding or are already taking anticoagulant medicines, then you might have to avoid vitamin E supplements. Foods containing Vitamin E include wheat germ, egg yolks, vegetable oil, nuts, spinach, cereals etc.
6. Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
This antioxidant vitamin is needed for blood vessel integrity, proper functioning of white blood cells and also for lowering the incidence of blood clots. It is naturally found in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, kale, broccoli etc. Heat destroys this vitamin so supplementation may be essential.
7. Get some sunshine (Vitamin D)
The sunshine vitamin or vitamin D is an important natural cure for preventing recurrent clots. Soak in the early morning sun for at least 15 minutes. One large Swedish study conducted on over 40,000 patients proved that regular sun exposure and vitamin D supplements can prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis or clots in the legs.
8. Fish oil and Omega 3
One of the best home remedies for preventing blood clots in the heart and brain is eating plenty of fish like sardines, salmon, anchovies, tuna, and herrings. Studies have shown that fish oil has fibrinolytic properties, which means it can dissolve both arterial and venous clots. Talk to your doctor about the dosage to take.
9. Fried onions
An English study has shown that eating fried onions can dissolve clots. The Quercetin content of red onions has an anticoagulation effect which reduces heart problem risks without excess bleeding.
10. Cayenne pepper
Mix cayenne pepper with blackstrap molasses and a bit of apple cider vinegar. Drink the mixture daily on empty stomach as a part of your home remedies for blood clots during periods.
11. Other precautions
The following precautions and preventive measures can help prevent clots:
- If your doctor has so advised, wear compression garments or stockings to prevent blood clots in legs.
- Avoid lying down or sitting for prolonged periods. Try and walk in the airplane during long flights. Take frequent breaks on long car drives and walk a bit.
- Avoid smoking and second hand smoke.
- Exercise daily.
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid oral contraceptives if you are prone to blood clotting.
These natural cures for blood clots, along with proper diet and regular exercise can prevent arterial and venous blood clots.