Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is caused by a blood clot which has formed in one (or more) deep veins, usually within the legs. This can be a very serious condition, as these clots can break and move to your lungs to cause a pulmonary embolism, something that can be fatal. Fortunately, DVT can be fought, and one of the best ways to fight clots forming is diet; as such, here is a look at some foods that can help fight DVT, as well as decrease your risk of forming blood clots.
If you become dehydrated, your blood will thicken – a condition which increases the risk of blood clot formation. To avoid this, you need to make sure you drink at least six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. For a visual gauge, check your urine – if it is a light-yellow color or clear, you are probably drinking enough. If it’s dark, you’re probably not and should increase your daily water intake.
Red Wine/Grape Juice
Studies have shown that the flavonoids found in purple grapes help prevent blood clots by creating platelets. In addition, you should eat five to seven servings of vegetables and fruit per day as part of a heart healthy diet.
Virgin Olive Oil
A recent study found that certain substances (phenols) in virgin olive oil can help combat blood clots. So, go ahead and dip that bread in some virgin olive oil, or use it in your everyday cooking.
While eating foods high in vitamin K, such as leafy greens, may interfere with the effects of medications such as Warfarin, if you consistently add these foods to your everyday diet, you will actually benefit. In other words, rather than having those leafy greens occasionally, eat them every day and you will increase your chances of avoiding DVT.
Limit the Fats
As with most suggestions for a heart healthy diet, to help reduce the risk of blood clots, you should avoid those foods containing unhealthy trans fats. This includes fatty meats and full-fat dairy products.
For More Information, Visit the Skin and Vein Center
At the Skin and Vein Center, we can help you find a healthy diet that can help you avoid DVTs and other potentially harmful vein diseases. Just give us a call today to set up a consultation.