Blood_thinning_diet.jpgBlood Thinning Diet

Many foods contain natural blood thinners and therefore can be used as part of a Blood Thinning Diet. A Blood Thinning Diet can be beneficial in reducing the risk of blood clots as well as preventing other health problems like heart attack and stroke. However, if you are already taking a prescription blood thinning medication, these foods, found in a Blood Thinning Diet, should be avoided. Foods and spices containing aspirin-like compounds (salicylates) can be an important part of a Blood Thinning Diet and can have many beneficial effects on the body. Some salicylate-containing foods to include in your Blood Thinning Diet are:

  • cayenne pepper
  • ginger
  • licorice
  • oregano
  • peppermint
  • vinegar
  • berries
  • peaches
  • grapefruit
  • kiwi
  • apples
  • peanuts
  • mushrooms
  • radishes
  • eggplant
  • broccoli
  • hot peppers
  • orange juice

Vitamin E is another natural blood thinner that should be considered as part of a Blood Thinning Diet. However, many foods rich in vitamin E (like leafy green vegetables) are also rich in vitamin K, which encourages blood clotting. Therefore, vitamin E supplements may be more effective as an addition to a Blood Thinning Diet, rather than dietary vitamin E. Omega-3 fatty acids are another important component of a Blood Thinning Diet. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been implicated in other aspects of health, including lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol.1 Good sources of omega-3 fatty acids that can be included in a Blood Thinning Diet are:

  • fish oil and cold-water fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon, and sardine
  • flaxseed and walnuts
  • soy beans and soy products such as tofu
  • kidney beans, squash
  • olive oil

Other natural blood thinners that may be used as part of a Blood Thinning Diet are onions and garlic, which contain blood thinning and blood pressure lowering effects. Alcohol, in low to moderate amounts, can also help to thin the blood and lower blood pressure. Prefer a clear head? A Blood Thinning Diet may also include herbal teas and grape juice, which have similar blood thinning effects. Together with an enzyme supplement like Neprinol, a Blood Thinning Diet rich in natural blood thinners may prevent you from needing a potentially dangerous blood thinning medication in the future.


Lavie CJ et al. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and cardiovascular diseases. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009; 583-594.