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VITAMIN K, SURGERY AND BLOOD THINNERS

Posted by JENIE=) Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin that is essential for blood clotting. Therefore, this vitamin will be of great help to avoid profuse bleeding during and after surgeries or dental work outs.

Foods high in Vitamin K are:
  • dark leafy vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce, pechay, kangkong leaves, kamote leaves
  • herbs and spices like parsley, thyme, cloves
  • yellow, orange, red fruits like papaya, squash, red bell pepper, tomato, carrots, green beans, pears
  • dairy products like sour cream, milk, cheese, dairy creamers
  • fats and oil like mayonnaise, canola oil, soybean oil and olive oil.
It is worth considering that those taking blood thinners (commonly those with heart ailments/stroke) should AVOID taking food high in Vitamin K to not have contradicting effect.

Foods with NO Vitamin K are:
  • vegetables like canned beets, cream-style yellow sweet corn, canned yellow sweet corn, white mushrooms, canned mushrooms and cooked or dried shitake mushrooms.
  • fruits like pink or white grapefruit, starfruit, tangerine, lemons.
  • meat like bacon, cured ham, pork center loin, country-style pork ribs, Canadian-style bacon, pork shoulder, pork spareribs and plain pork skins.
  • poultry like roasted light meat turkey, chicken giblets, chicken liver, chicken frankfurter and egg whites.
  • seafoods like canned shrimp.
  • dairy like fat-free cream cheese, dried buttermilk, nonfat evaporated milk, nonfat dry milk, fat-free or skim milk and nonfat or low fat cottage cheese.
  • pasta, rice and bread like egg noodles, spaghetti, precooked or instant long-grain white rice, macaroni, long-grain rice and reduced-calorie bread.
  • cereals like Corn Pops, Fruit Loops, Cocoa Krispies, Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes.
  • nuts like unsalted or salted dry-roasted peanuts, oil-roasted salted peanuts, almonds, dried brazil nuts.
  • drinks like tap water, brewed or instant tea, lemonade, fruit punch and instant coffee. low-calorie decaffeinated soda, cola with caffeine, ginger ale, club soda, root beer, lemon-lime flavored drink and grape drink.


* Thanks to livestrong for some contributing information in the above article.

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