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UPDATE: 11/8/09
This week we're published the most recent issue of our long-standing column, "Natural Notes" featuring the cranberry, another healthy food offering natural blood thinning.  Once it is published the links where you can find it will be added.

Recent post on benefits of Ginkgo
Originally posted 4/28/08

I started compiling this month's edition of my newsletter, herbalYODA Says! today and have been reviewing notes I've collected to include in this edition.

While not directly related to this month's topic, I found an old note addressing coagulation.

I thought this relevant because of the current heparin controversy.

Ginkgo biloba in a dose around 325 milligrams, will thin the blood, improve blood flow, and prevent platelet stickiness very efficiently. It is very safe and has the added advantage of being a powerful antioxidant. It also protects brain cells, improves memory, and prevents heart arrhythmias (such as atrial fibrillation).

Magnesium also reduces atrial fibrillation and reduces blood coagulation.

There are a few other natural supplements that also reduce blood coagulation, such as
curcumin, quercetin, and grapeseed extract. The anticoagulation for these compounds is mild, but they are powerful antioxidants.

Your doctor may not know that antioxidants also reduce arrhythmias as does another anticoagulant supplement, fish oils (omega-3 oils). Combining fish oil supplements with Ginkgo biloba will thin your blood as efficiently as Coumadin.
In addition, other blood thinners are nattokinase, vitamin E, garlic or red clover.

The benefit of natural products is that they do not tend to cause failure of the clotting mechanism.

If you are taking Rx coumadin and want to change to natural treatment, make sure you do not stop the drug abruptly, and discuss it with your health care provider.

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