What’s the Coumadin Diet?
When you’re taking an anticoagulant or “blood thinner” such as warfarin or Coumadin, it is important to monitor your intake of vitamin K. Vitamin K is a nutrient found in many of the dark-green leafy vegetables.
Why is Vitamin K Important to Limit While Taking Blood Thinners?
Vitamin K plays an important role in the formation of a blood clot. Blood thinners such as warfarin work by inhibiting the action of vitamin K and thus slow down the rate at which blood clots. If you follow a diet rich in vitamin K, then quickly stop eating vitamin K, you will have an increased risk of bleeding. If you follow a diet low in vitamin K, then suddenly consume a high amount of vitamin K, this can lead to a blood clot.
Recommended Vitamin K Intake
It is recommend men consume less then or equal to 120 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin K daily and women consume less then or equal to 90 micrograms (mcg). Below is a list of foods high in vitamin K.
Foods High In Vitamin K
|Description||Common Measure||Content per Measure|
|Kale||1 Cup||1000-1146 mcg|
|Collards||1 Cup||1059 mcg|
|Spinach||1 Cup||900-1000 mcg|
|Beet Greens||1 Cup||697 mcg|
|Turnip Greens||1 Cup||851 mcg|
|Mustard Greens||1 Cup||420 mcg|
|Brussels Sprouts||1 Cup||200-300 mcg|
|Onions||1 Cup||200 mcg|
|Broccoli||1 Cup||180-220 mcg|
|Butterhead Lettuce||1 Head||167 mcg|
|Endive, Raw||1 Cup||115 mcg|
|Asparagus||1 Cup||144 mcg|
|Sauerkraut||1 Cup||135 mcg|
Foods Low In Vitamin K
Key Points to Maintaining a Stable INR:
1. Become familiar with foods high in vitamin K
2. Keep your high vitamin K foods consistent on a daily basis. For example, no more than 1/4 cup per day of foods high in vitamin k
3. Keep your vitamin K intake less than 90 mcg per day for women and 120 mcg per day for men.
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