Blood Clots (prevention of)
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
Our blood contains a protein called fibrinogen. When we cut ourselves, fibrinogen helps form blood clots, an important defense mechanism that protects us from bleeding to death. Unfortunately, this same substance can cause our death when a blood clot forms inside the circulatory system and lodges in our heart or brain, resulting in a heart attack or stroke.
When a person's blood is too thick with fibrin, doctors prescribe blood thinners. There are some natural options, however, to prevent the formation of blood clots in the circulatory system. One of these options is vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant and helps to naturally thin the blood.
Super Omega 3 EPA will also do this.
Butcher's broom is an herb that is most commonly used to treat varicose veins. However, it also appears to inhibit clot formation in blood vessels without thinning the blood, especially when taken with vitamin E.
The latest, and most promising, addition to the arsenal of natural tools to prevent blood clots naturally is nattokinase. This enzyme, found in the fermented soy product natto, breaks down the fibrin mesh that forms blood clots. Research has demonstrated that taking nattokinase may prevent blood clots from forming in the circulatory system and may even dissolve blood clots that have already formed.
Nattozimes Plus is a formula that contains fermented soy enzymes that have the benefits of nattokinase. It contains the natto enzymes, hawthorn berries, capsicum, dandelion leaf and resveratrol. Taking 1 capsule of Nattozimes Plus between meals twice daily on an empty stomach may help reduce one's risk of forming blood clots while enhancing overall cardiac health.
Below is a list of suggested products. Those in bold are key products for the health issue explained on this page.
Herbs: Alfalfa, Anamu, Astragalus and Butcher's Broom
Herbal Extracts: Green Tea Extract
Nutrients: Flax Seed Oil , Nattozimes Plus, Omega-3, Protease and Vitamin E
Nutraceuticals: Blood Pressurex, Cardio Assurance, Cholester-Reg Il and Mega-Chel
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