Kiwi & Berries
It’s important to get plenty of fruit mixed into your diet if you want to keep deep vein thrombosis at bay. And while there are lots of fruits that are good for healthy clotting, kiwi seems to be especially beneficial if you’re susceptible to DVT. Kiwis actually lower clot risks by reducing the amount of platelet activity in the blood, which means clotting won’t occur as easily. As an extra bonus, kiwis are great for lowering cholesterol and have tons of vitamin C. Both of these things make them even more beneficial for normal blood clotting. Keeping things like cholesterol levels in check makes for a healthier cardiovascular system overall, and vitamin C has been found beneficial in controlling DVT-related clots.
Berries, of all varieties, are another great option for fighting deep vein thrombosis. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, and raspberries are particularly known for their high salicylate content—which we've already seen helps prevent excessive clotting.
Vitamin C in particular is a necessity to the human body, and some types of berries tend to be very high in this nutrient. However, the relationship between blood clots and vitamin C is a bit complicated. Some studies have found that a deficiency of vitamin C can cause clotting issues, but other studies have shown that too much vitamin C can also cause blood clots to form. In any case, it’s good for the walls of the blood vessels, and if you’re concerned about heart health beyond DVT, getting plenty of vitamin C may be something to think about.
Did you know...
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