Clot Buster One of the main causes of heart attack and stroke is atherosclerosis caused by the accumulation of plaque in the arterial wall. Normally, your arteries are elastic, like a rubber tube, but the appearance of plaque makes the arteries stiff and even prevents blood flow.
It further leads to the formation of blood clots-when platelets accumulate in the blood vessel injury site, clots may form.
Use natural ways to keep blood vessels open
If the clot falls off, it will eventually circulate to the small blood vessels of the same size. As a result, the blood supply of this part of the body will stop. In severe cases, this part of the tissue may die. What’s more, a large clot blocking a large blood vessel can cause a myocardial infarction.
If the blood vessels in the brain are blocked, it can cause a stroke. If the blood vessels in the lungs are blocked, it can cause a pulmonary embolism. The occurrence of any of the above adverse events is enough to cause death.
The importance of “good fat”
Excessive platelet aggregation is part of the process of atherosclerosis and is an independent risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Once the platelets aggregate, they can also release procoagulant substances to promote the formation of clots.
However, the “viscosity” of platelets is largely determined by the type of fat in your diet and the number of antioxidants your body consumes. For example, saturated fatty acids and cholesterol can increase the degree of platelet aggregation, while omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats are the opposite.
In particular, the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA in fish oil help reduce platelet aggregation. In fact, the beneficial effect of fish oil on platelet aggregation is one of the important reasons why a high-level EPA and DHA diet can reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease by 50%.
Therefore, for your health, fish oil can be supplemented appropriately to provide the body with 1000mg of EPA and DHA per day. If you already have cardiovascular disease, elevated CRP levels, or elevated triglyceride levels, the recommended daily dosage is 3000 mg.
Other useful health products
In addition to omega-3 fatty acids, you have many other options to improve the degree of platelet aggregation in your body. The most effective are some antioxidants, polyphenols such as flavonoids, enzymes (such as nattokinase), garlic, and vitamin B6.
Vitamin B6 is very important. In a study, scientists tested the changes in platelet aggregation and cholesterol levels after B6 supplements in 24 healthy people. The subjects were given 5 mg/unit body weight of vitamin B6 or placebo every day for four consecutive weeks. The results showed that compared with placebo, vitamin B6 can reduce platelet aggregation by 41-48%. After four weeks, the total cholesterol level of the vitamin B6 group was also significantly reduced.
Garlic preparations containing a certain amount of alliin can also achieve the effect of inhibiting platelet aggregation. In one study, 120 patients with increased platelet aggregation were given a 900 mg/day garlic preparation or a placebo. In the garlic group, spontaneous platelet aggregation disappeared completely after four weeks, and other measurement data also improved.
Extracts rich in flavonoids: The flavonoids in red wine may be the reason why French people can eat more saturated fatty acids but have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. Similarly, chocolate, green tea, and other flavonoid-containing foods have also been found to have this effect.
These flavonoids are beneficial in maintaining heart and blood vessel health in many ways, including preventing excessive platelet aggregation. In order to ensure that you are getting enough flavonoids, please add at least one type of food:
- Grape seed extract (containing >95% oligomeric proanthocyanidins): 100-150 mg/day.
- Pine bark extract , such as Pycnogenol (containing >90% oligomeric proanthocyanidins): 100-150 mg/day.
- Any extract that is rich in flavonoids and has similar content, such as a “super green” formula, or takes an ORAC score of 3000 plant-derived antioxidants every day.
The importance of diet control
One of the most popular recommendations for preventing excessive platelet aggregation is to take low-dose aspirin (80-325 mg/day). Although this therapy has been proven to be effective in preventing the first attack of heart disease, the effect has not changed your eating habits significantly.
Studies have shown that changing diet is not only more effective than aspirin in preventing recurrent heart attacks, it can also reverse arterial blockage.
The best diet regimen for the prevention of heart disease is a Mediterranean diet and a diet rich in fish-derived omega-3 fatty acids, fruits, and vegetables.
Fibrin and Nattokinase
Platelets are networked together in the clot by sticky protein chains called fibrin, which is a substance derived from fibrinogen. Elevated fibrinogen levels in the blood are the main determinant of death from cardiovascular diseases. In fact, death from cardiovascular disease is more closely related to fibrinogen levels than it is to cholesterol.
Natural remedies that can help break down fibrin include the Mediterranean diet, exercise, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, garlic, and nattokinase.
Did you know about nattokinase? This is natto, a kind of thrombolytic enzyme in Japanese cuisine made from fermented soybeans. Natto is known to:
- Dissolve excess fibrin in blood vessels, thereby improving circulation, breaking down clots, and reducing the risk of severe clotting.
- Lower LDL (“bad cholesterol”) and increase HDL (“good cholesterol”).
- Reduce blood viscosity, improve blood flow, and lower blood pressure.
Clinical studies have confirmed that nattokinase has the ability to reduce the level of fibrinogen in the blood. Since elevated fibrinogen is a clear risk factor for heart disease or stroke, the effect of nattokinase in this regard is very significant. Taking two capsules of nattokinase per day (100mg or 2000 fibrinolytic units per capsule) can reduce fibrinogen levels by 7-10% after two months.
At the same time, it should be noted that the application of nattokinase should be cautious. If you take coumarin or other antiplatelet drugs (including aspirin, especially prescription drugs such as clopidogrel or Ticlid) at the same time, it may increase the bleeding tendency.