Vitamin K allows blood to clot. Pretty handy to have when one is cut and bleeding or bruising a lot. In fact hemophiliacs are people whose bodies can’t use Vitamin K and just won’t stop bleeding even if bandaged up. But some people take a good thing too far and have blood clots somewhere in the body, where they shouldn’t be, like heart, lungs, brain, and legs, often enough to warrant medicine to prevent that from continuing to happen.
Vitamin K is called Vitamin K because a German scientist discovered it and called it Vitamin Koagulation.
It’s a good thing I don’t have any hair. Because if I did I would pull it out trying to keep patients on anti-coagulant medication like heparin, warfarin, or coumadin with an INR (International ratio) number of between 2 and 3. A number below 2 means blood clots faster. A number above 3 means blood doesn’t clot very well at all. Above 4 and I turn you into a hemophiliac. Not good. The problem is not with the medication. The problem is with the food they eat.
Patients and even I sometimes refer to the ability to clot or not clot as thickening or thinning out the blood. Not a real accurate way to put it but used so often it is accepted. If we eat to much of one kind of food and not enough of the other kind of food then one’s INR bounces all over the place and I am left chasing my tail trying to adjust your medication to get your blood “thickness” back into the sweet zone. Then next week they eat something different and we play the game again.
We need a prisoner exchange system put in place that if you eat a Thickening food you also have to eat a Thinning food to balance it out.
Thinning Foods: Foods and medicines that thin out (prevent clotting) the blood: Cauliflower, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Curry, Fruits, Honey, Non-green vegetables, Vinegar, Nuts, ASA, Motrin, Advil.
Thickening Foods: Foods and medicine that thicken (Lots of Vitamin K to clot) the blood: Asparagus, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Chard, Horseradish, Kale, Kelp, Okra, Seaweed, Spinach, Oral Contraceptives.
If more people would follow this then maybe I’ll be able to grow hair again. I’d like a ponytail.