Heart & Blood

Get Email Updates

Heart & Blood Guide

Christine Jeffries

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

Blood Thinners: Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Garlic, and More

By Meg Rees M.S. P.A. C
Rate This

Are you wondering why you may be bruising more easily? Or your doctor can’t gain control over your Coumadin/Warfarin level?

Besides known medications like aspirin
or naproxen , supplements can also thin the blood. We typically do not think of supplements, condiments or certain foods as having such a powerful effect inside the body. This becomes worrisome if you develop excessive bruising or bleeding. Some people find that their coumadin/warfarin levels are high and they end up seeing their doctors more often for adjustments. They find that these common supplements, condiments or foods are the cause.

Common blood thinners (supplements/condiments/other foods) include:

--Vitamin E, fish oil/omega-3 fatty acids
--Garlic, ginkgo biloba, cinnamon, paprika, ginger, onions, olive oil
--Raisins, cherries, cranberries, strawberries, oranges, grapes

You may be surprised to see that this list consists of healthy supplements, condiments and foods. But not everyone can use them. Some people may need to modify or cut out these foods completely. Discussing these concerns with your doctor can be of great help. If you have atrial fibrillation , a history of clots, or an artificial heart valve, you may be taking a blood thinner. You should have received a list of supplements/food/medications to avoid from your doctor. There are other reasons for easy bruising or bleeding such as von Willebrand disease or taking prescribed medications such as certain antibiotics or antihistamines.

Remember: Supplements, condiments and other foods are chemicals too!

Add a Comment1 Comments

EmpowHER Guest

For additonal support on dietary interactions and common over the counter medications and their impact on prolonging your bleeding time vist: www.PTINR.com.

July 26, 2010 - 9:58am
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.


2889 Health


1680 Lives


1579 Lives
23 lives impacted in the last 24 hrs Learn More

Take Our Featured Health Poll

Do you know what your cholesterol levels are? :
View Results