The most well known coagulant is vitamin K, in fact, the “K” was derived from the Danish translation, koagulation. The purpose of Coumadin is to thin the blood. Therefore, we want to control vitamin K absorption in the body by eating foods with salicylates. Salicylates are commonly found in aspirin, but are also found in fruits and spices.
Herbs and spices that are high in salicylates are cayenne peppers, curry powder, ginger, thyme, paprika, dill, oregano, cinnamon, licorice, peppermint, and turmeric. In traditional Indian medicine or Ayurvedic, most of these spices are considered as warming spices – the thinning of the blood increases circulation and speeds up metabolism and therefore makes people feel warmer.
Fruits that are high in salicylates are prunes, raisins, cranberries, cherries, grapes, blueberries, tangerine, oranges, and strawberries. In addition, chewing gum, peppermints, wine, cider, vinegar, and honey are high in salicylates.