Foods That Help Prevent Blood Clots

Deep vein thrombosis is a severe condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep inside the body, typically in the legs (via Mayo Clinic). While our body relies on blood clotting to prevent excessive bleeding, blood clots can become dangerous and lead to serious, life-threatening complications. For instance, certain medical conditions can cause your blood to thicken and clot too much. When this happens, the blood clots that form in your veins can break apart and travel to your lungs, which can block blood flow and result in a pulmonary embolism. 

Common symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include pain and swelling in the leg or any area with a clot, according to Mayo Clinic. The skin may be red or discolored and feel warm to the touch. Your doctor will likely treat this type of condition with blood thinners and other medications. However, there's some evidence showing certain foods may also help lower your risk.

Foods that can help maintain proper blood flow

Interestingly, one of the best ways to prevent blood clots is staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water, according to Healthgrades. That's because drinking water thins the blood and can result in a reduced risk of platelets sticking together. When adding more water to your diet, don't be overly concerned with fancy water brands, as plain filtered water works just as well.

Other foods to consider are fresh fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, olive oil, and lean proteins, according to Healthgrades. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a rich source of fiber and antioxidants. When consumed regularly, it can lead to improved heart health and a lowered risk of blood clots. When eating those vegetables, it may help to douse them in olive oil. Olive oil decreases platelet activity due to its rich source of phenols, resulting in a reduced risk of deep vein thrombosis. And finally, opting for lean proteins over fattier cuts of meat can prevent high cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health.