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Is thin blood beneficial?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 22, 2011 at 1:27 AM

I???ve not been able to find much information on blood thinness/ thickness in a paleo capacity and I???m very interested.

I???d imagine a Paleo lifestyle would encourage thicker blood (so bleeding caused by injuries would clot and you wouldn???t bleed to death). Also I know green leafy veg is generally high in Vitamin K, which has a role in blood clotting (presumably making your blood thicker).

I???ve just finished a three month spell on blood thinning drugs (due to a Pulmonary Embolism) and I am surprised to say I felt better with thinner blood then I do now I???m back to ???normal???. I???m not entirely sure why this would be the case, perhaps circulation is more effective when blood is thinner?

So I???m wondering if there are any advantages to having thinner blood? I can mitigate my risk of bleeding, which surely is the main purpose of having fast clotting blood? Leading on from this, if it is beneficial to have thinner blood, how can I find out which foods will affect my blood levels without having to do INR tests all the time?

I???m not interested in going back on the medication (I had to change my diet far too much for my liking) and I???m very allergic to Aspirin, so wouldn???t take that either.

Interested to hear your thoughts

Edited to say - I guess what I'm after is to modify my paleo diet to keep my blood thin, if indeed this it beneficial to my health to do so

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on March 22, 2011
at 05:10 PM

K2 is only necessary in these conditions. 1 osteopenia or porosis 2. Can't source it from your diet 3. PAD/atherosclerosis reversal 4. Aortic root disease 5. Cerebral arterial disease

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

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on March 22, 2011
at 02:05 PM

If you are healthy, paleo compliant with lots of GF meat, fish and PUFA under 4% and tend to bleed excessively then this situation is less than ideal? Is K2 then necessary to improve the situation?

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

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on March 22, 2011
at 02:02 PM

This is a good question, minor cuts while cooking have really become annoying. I have purchased some liquid bandage glue just for this very reason.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on March 22, 2011
at 01:12 PM

Fish oil and vit E will do that

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on March 22, 2011
at 02:35 AM

The answer can be yes no and maybe.....depends upon the context. For most healthy people the answer is no.

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4101)

on March 22, 2011
at 02:05 PM

If you are healthy, paleo compliant with lots of GF meat, fish and PUFA under 4% and tend to bleed excessively then this situation is less than ideal? Is K2 then necessary to improve the situation?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on March 22, 2011
at 05:10 PM

K2 is only necessary in these conditions. 1 osteopenia or porosis 2. Can't source it from your diet 3. PAD/atherosclerosis reversal 4. Aortic root disease 5. Cerebral arterial disease

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E0f2b415cadbafc2d9c90447ec12a97e

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on March 22, 2011
at 04:35 AM

That's funny -- over the last year being Paleo, my blood has thinned out considerably. It's gotten to the point where cutting myself is kind of annoying because the bleeding just goes on and on. However, I have a lot more energy and my circulation has improved too.

I admit, I'm not really sure why this is because I eat a fair amount of leafy veggies. (Increased exercise? Lots of meat?) Anyway, I would also be interested to know which foods influence it one way or the other.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on March 22, 2011
at 01:12 PM

Fish oil and vit E will do that

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on March 22, 2011
at 02:13 PM

Inuit have thinner blood than normal, which is supposed to be because of high DHA consumption. When I was doing lots of fish oil my blood thinned out to the point where when I cut myself once I really bled out for a long time. That's too thin IMHO and increases risk for stroke. You can find balance by adjusting DHA consumption.

Edit: It wasn't just the DHA for me. Though DNA testing I learned I have factor XI deficiency (Hemophilia C). It's interesting because people with it have a lower risk of stroke.

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on May 24, 2013
at 08:30 PM

I found that taking ginko biloba and omega 3 will thin out your blood. I'm healthy and I feel like I'm in good spirits. I notice the difference in my thinking, mood, and overall health. I take about 500 mg divided 3x/day. I take 1000 mg of omega 3 with food that has some fat to increase absorption. Ill have omega 3 with a sandwich with mayo.

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on March 22, 2011
at 01:44 PM

Certainly if your was so thick that you required blood thinning drugs, then thinner is better. Obviously there is a point of thinness that is worse than thicker, too. It is important for blood to be able to clot so that you don't bleed to death from a minor bump.

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on March 22, 2011
at 01:19 PM

I take fish oil every day and I have noticed that whenever I have blood drawn after a week of taking fish oil my blood is always thin, so thin that the nurse usually makes a comment about it. when I ask her/him if thats good they usually ask if I take a blood thinner and when I tell them I take fish oil they nod and say "yep, its good" (but I think its only good because its the fish oil that is causing it)

wherever I go I make friends with the ones who draw my blood. But thats not a cited source, thats just what the nurses tell me when we chit chat.

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