Vitamin K

by Stephanie Davis Mozel

Vitamin K

Two of my most often asked questions are “I’m on blood thinners, is Soul safe to take?” or “I’m on warfarin (Coumadin) and the doctor says I can’t have any vitamin K… can I drink Core?” I want to state for the record that I am NOT an MD, but I do have over 20 years experience in the nursing field, and I have studied nutrition AND Rain products extensively. My information is not intended to replace that of your physician, but rather to educate regarding the science of blood thinners, Rain’s wellness (wholeFOOD) products, Soul and Core, as well as vitamin K.

I have included a very good article explaining the role of vitamin K in your liver, and why it raises concern when you are on anticoagulant therapy… as well as why you should NOT avoid this very important nutrient in your body, and how to safely incorporate it into your diet.

Soul/and or Core, do not actually “thin” the blood. When the layers of tissue in the cells are surrounded by “bad” fat (vs. “good” fat, which Soul/Core contains), it will ultimately become oxidated, due to the constant barrage of free radicals. When this happens, the blood becomes thick, as toxins hide inside fat, but if this person is drinking Soul/Core, these wellness products will work to cleanse out the bad fat, including the toxins contained in this fat. So the reality is, the blood becomes clean, and back to a normal, homeostatic balance. So there is a difference between thinning of the blood, and cleansing the blood.

So yes, Soul/Core IS safe if you follow your doctor’s orders. There are actually two types of blood thinners… anticoagulants and antiplatelets; anticoagulants, such as heparin or warfarin (also called Coumadin), work on chemical reactions in your body to lengthen the time it takes to form a blood clot. Antiplatelet drugs, such as aspirin, prevent blood cells called platelets, from clumping together to form a clot. Your doctor will be checking your blood in routine tests, (a PT or INR), so make sure he/she is aware of your supplements. Your doc will know when to lower or stop your medication, based on your blood results. We have several people who have been able to lower, or completely go off blood thinners, blood sugar meds, pain meds and many others.. our body has the ability to heal itself when given proper (and highly concentrated) nutrition.

Regarding Core and avoidance of vitamin K, due to warfarin/coumadin, or other blood thinning drug therapy, I will preface by saying I don’t want to interfere with a person and their doctor, but as the question is raised quite often, here is my educated thinking: In the opinion of some doctors and scientists, it is actually “old school” to tell a patient to completely avoid vitamin K.. to be told you cannot eat green leafy veggies, salads, green tea, broccoli, or the like, is not only nearly impossible.. but unhealthy for your organs… especially your heart.. being deficient in vitamin K can actually harden cardiac arteries and CAUSE a heart attack.

But for many doctors who have prescribed warfarin or coumadin, it’s easier for them to develop an INR baseline by telling their patients to avoid vitamin K altogether.. but this is not the consensus of all doctors. Many doctors are actually balancing the vitamin K and warfarin in their patients in order to keep the blood clotting factors stable and normalized… one way they do that is by asking their patients to REMAIN CONSISTANT in what they are ALREADY EATING in their diets.. but the reality is, most of us are not ingesting enough veggies or good nutrients to keep us healthy.

Another way is they actually introduce a low dose vitamin K alongside the warfarin therapy.. and with regular INR’s they can see what the balance needs to be kept at. If someone wants to introduce more K into their diets (and Core has a healthy amount), they’d need to tell their doctor BEFOREHAND and make certain to do it gradually, having their INR’s tested every few weeks. I personally would ask my doctor for a medication that doesn’t interfere with K, (Eliquis, Xarelto or Pradaza), and I’d be honest in telling the doctor that I did not want to live out the rest of my life being unable to eat a salad, or enjoy a wholefood supplement with a vast array of health benefits.

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