Coumadin, also known as Warfarin is an anti-coagulant that prevents and treats blood clots, heart attacks and stroke. It is a blood thinning medicine so you must pay attention to your diet when you are under Coumadin medication. Few food items reduce the effectiveness of this medicine. You must have a Coumadin Diet in order to attain maximum benefits from this medication.
The effectiveness of Coumadin reduces with intake of vitamin K. You must eliminate or reduce intake of all those food items that are rich in vitamin K. Stop taking any Vitamin K supplements. You will require a greater level of Coumadin if you don''t reduce consumption Vitamin K.
National Institutes of Health has recommended that an individual must keep a consistent intake of Vitamin K. You must not consume 1 serving per day of foods that contain vitamin K.
Vegetables – Green leafy veggies such as kale, collard, mustard greens, parsley, Swiss chard and spinach are rich in vitamin K. Reduce the intake of these vegetables. Brussels sprouts, avocado, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, watercress, scallion and endive are moderately rich in vitamin K. You may include them in your diet. The best veggies to consume are peppers, corn, potatoes, tomatoes and carrots.
Fats and Beans – You can enjoy meals made from fish, canola and soybean oils. Pistachio nuts and mayonnaise can also be consumed. These foods contain vitamin K in a moderate amount. On the other hand, mung beans, soy beans, lentils and chickpeas are rich in vitamin K. You must reduce the intake of these food items.
Other Foods – Coumadin''s effectiveness can be affected due to excessive intake of green tea, cranberry juice, mango, alcohol, kiwi and liver.
Note: You must not stop eating these food items. Majority of the foods are prepared with inclusion of these foods. You should maintain a consistent low quantity intake of the above mentioned foods because these foods contain other beneficial nutrients, vitamins and minerals.