Foods that are natural blood thinners include spinach, mangoes, peanut butter, almonds and other foods rich in vitamin E, notes Healthline. There are also oils and seasonings that contain vitamin E, including corn oil, celery seed, ginger, soybean oil and aniseed. Blood thinners can be taken to prevent blood clots.
While natural blood thinners are good for cardiovascular health, they should be used with caution, especially when taken with blood-thinning medications, says Healthline. Blood thinners can increase an individual's chances of experiencing internal bleeding after sustaining an injury. A person may be restricted from participating in contact sports while on blood-thinning medication.
Natural blood thinners and blood-thinning medication may be suggested to a person who suffers from a heart disease, which includes irregular heart rhythm and heart valve disease, notes Healthline. Examples of blood-thinning medication include warfarin, heparin and enoxaparin.
There are certain foods, herbs and additional medications that can alter the effectiveness of a blood-thinning medication, says Healthline. Vitamin K can alter the effects of blood thinners. Foods that contain vitamin K include turnip or mustard greens, cabbage, kale, asparagus and Brussels sprouts. It's best that an individual speak with his doctor about his diet and any other medication he is taking before starting blood-thinning medication.