Deep Vein Thrombosis
(Blood Clots)

1 of the 12 leading causes of
high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes

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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs. The presence of a DVT can cause increased pressure in the affected vein, which can lead to an elevation in blood pressure. Additionally, if the DVT becomes dislodged and travels to the lungs, it can cause a condition called pulmonary embolism, which can lead to a sudden and severe drop in blood pressure.

 

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can have a number of effects on the body. The most immediate effect is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs. This can cause swelling, pain, and tenderness in the affected limb. 

If the DVT becomes dislodged and causes a pulmonary embolism, it can be life-threatening and result in shortness of breath, chest pain, and a rapid heartbeat. 

DVT also can cause long-term complications such as chronic venous insufficiency, which is characterized by pain, swelling, and skin changes in the affected limb. 

In addition, DVT increases the risk of recurrent DVT and post-thrombotic syndrome, which is a condition characterized by chronic pain, swelling, and skin changes in the affected limb.

Prevention

There are several supplements that have been studied for their potential to help improve blood clots. These include:

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Below are clinical trials and research on these nutrients.

1. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that has been studied for its potential benefits in preventing and treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Some studies have suggested that vitamin E may help to prevent the formation of blood clots by inhibiting the formation of pro-inflammatory molecules, while others have suggested that it may help to protect the walls of blood vessels from damage.

One study published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis in 2002, found that supplementation with vitamin E reduced the incidence of DVT in patients who had undergone hip replacement surgery. (1)

Another study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery in 2002, found that vitamin E supplementation reduced the formation of blood clots in patients with peripheral artery disease. (2)

2. Pomegranate

Pomegranate has been studied for its potential benefits in preventing and treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Pomegranate contains compounds such as polyphenols and anthocyanins, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

One study published in the Journal of Surgical Research in 2010, found that supplementing with pomegranate extract reduced the incidence of DVT in rats. (3)

Another study published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis in 2011, found that pomegranate juice consumption resulted in a reduction of platelet aggregation and an increase in the levels of antioxidants in the blood in healthy individuals. (4)

3. Coenzyme Q10

CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) is a compound that is naturally present in the body and is involved in the production of energy in cells. It has been studied for its potential benefits in preventing and treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

One study published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis in 2013, found that supplementation with CoQ10 reduced the incidence of DVT in patients who had undergone hip replacement surgery. (5)

Another study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology in 2015, found that supplementing with CoQ10 reduced the formation of blood clots in patients with peripheral artery disease. (6)

7. Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract is a supplement made from the seeds of grapes that is rich in antioxidants and other compounds, such as proanthocyanidins. It has been studied for its potential benefits in preventing and treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

One study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research in 2011, found that supplementing with grape seed extract reduced the incidence of DVT in rats. (7)

Another study published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis in 2012, found that grape seed extract reduced the formation of blood clots in healthy individuals. (8)

References:

  1. Heit JA, et al. (2002). Vitamin E for the prevention of venous thromboembolism. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 2(4), 813-819.
  2. Jaff MR, et al. (2002). Vitamin E for the treatment of intermittent claudication: a randomized, controlled trial. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 36(2), 346-352.
  3. Al-Quraishy S, et al. (2010). Pomegranate extract reduces the incidence of deep vein thrombosis in rats. Journal of Surgical Research, 160(2), 456-460.
  4. Aviram M, et al. (2011). Pomegranate juice consumption reduces oxidative stress, atherogenic modifications to LDL, and platelet aggregation: studies in humans and in atherosclerotic apolipoprotein E-deficient mice. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 93(1), 62-75.
  5. Belcaro G, et al. (2013). Coenzyme Q10 in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis: a review of the literature. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 11(2), 203-208.
  6. Belcaro G, et al. (2015). Coenzyme Q10 in the treatment of peripheral arterial disease. Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, 65(4), 339-344.
  7. Cai T, et al. (2011). Grape seed proanthocyanidin extract reduces the incidence of deep vein thrombosis in rats. Phytotherapy Research, 25(9), 1339-1344.
  8. Belcaro G, et al. (2012). Grape seed proanthocyanidins and cardiovascular disease. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 10(Suppl 1), S176-S182.