03 Aug Natural Alternatives to common Anticoagulant drugs
Endothelial health plays an important role in the risk of thrombosis and cardiovascular disease. There are a number of different factors that may diminish endothelial function such as aging, high cholesterol specifically LDLs, smoking, and metabolic syndrome. Endothelial dysfunction may lead to increased blood viscosity which increases the risk of clot formations and stroke. Many patients are placed on drugs such as Coumadin, Eliquis, and Xarelto. These drugs may have serious long-term side effects such as excessive bleeding in most blood thinning drugs and Vitamin K depletion in warfarin. There are many naturopathic agents that can act as anticoagulants preventing and treating conditions of clotting and cardiovascular risk.
Natural Anticoagulant agents:
Nattokinase, Lumbrokinase, and Serrapeptase are well known natural fibrinolytic. In other words they have mechanisms that dissolve blood clots. Nattokinase is derived from the food source Natto, which is fermented soybean. Not only does it act as a fibrinolytic and clot buster, it stimulates the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin. Plasmin is the body’s natural fibrinolytic and studies show that Nattokinase has an even higher ability to breakdown clots when compared with plasmin. Lumbrokinase is derived from the earthworm while Serrapeptase is derived from the silkworm. Both have fibrinolytic activity, however Nattokinase is the most well-known and researched fibrinolytic agent.
Gingko Biloba is a well-known nootropic herb that improves blood flow to the CNS along with being used for enhancing memory. It is also used for its antiplatelet and anticoagulant effects and in addition, can improve systemic blood flow.
The Omega 3s and Vitamin E combination can be very effective in maintaining proper blood flow. Omega 3s have an ability to block the aggregation of red blood cells and limit systemic inflammation which can further lead to cardiovascular events down the line. Vitamin E itself prevents blood cell aggregation and prevents blood from becoming too viscous similar to the effects of the omega 3s. However, the combination of Vitamin E and Omega3s is often overlooked and can be a key component in the effectiveness of the omega3s overall anti-inflammatory ability. Vitamin E acts as lipid protectant and preserves the EPA and DHA components of the Omega 3s enhancing its ability within the body.