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Pomegranates and Coumadin

Posted Feb 26 2010 9:00am


Pomegranates are great for you healthy, but NOT if you are on Coumadin!

I’ve talked about the health benefits of adding pomegranates to your diet in the past.

You can easily find pomegranates at your local grocery store and you can easily buy 100% pure POM pomegranate juice as well.

I quite enjoy eating pomegranates (I really like adding them to my salad) and drinking pomegranate juice. It never occurred to me that some people wouldn’t be able to enjoy them.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m fully aware that some people could be allergic to pomegranates, but I recently received an email from Michele, one of my readers, to inform me that there was a group of individuals who should NOT be eating pomegranates.

Now, before I go any further, I really am going to stress the importance of checking pretty much anything I share with you on this site with your doctor or naturopathic doctor because we’re all different.

I LOVE (I mean LOVE rice), but I have a friend who is allergic to rice. I thought it was a joke at first because I didn’t think anyone can be allergic to rice, but it turns out she bloats up when she eats rice as badly as I bloat up if I eat lobster (I’m allergic to lobster).

So as you can see, our bodies are built differently from one person to another.

Michele sent me this note in response to this post: Eat pomegranates to age better!

This is what she had to say: “Love Pomegranates, but can no longer eat them.  Pomegranates are full of Vitamin K.  Those of us on Coumadin are told not to eat Pomegranates, cranberries, and anything green because they help produce Vitamin K, which helps to thicken the blood. You might want to pass this on to your readers. – Michele”

I had no idea what Coumadin was when I first read her note, but a quick search revealed why certain people need to take Coudamin.

I’ve found this explanation on the main site for Coudamin :

“COUMADIN® (Warfarin Sodium) is used to help prevent and treat blood clots in the legs, lungs, and those clots associated with heart-valve replacement or an irregular, rapid heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. If you have had a heart attack, COUMADIN may be used to lower the risk of death, another heart attack, stroke, and blood clots moving to other parts of the body.”

As I scrolled down on the page that contained this explanation, I could see in black and white that Michele was quite accurate in her warning:

“Eat a normal balanced diet. Do not make changes in your diet, such as eating large amounts of leafy green vegetables, which contain Vitamin K without first talking to your healthcare provider. Avoid alcohol consumption, cranberry juice, and cranberry products while taking COUMADIN.”

I want to officially thank Michele for taking the time to send me that email in response to my post. I really appreciate the fact that she was willing to share!

I’m always happy to read your emails and comments on the site. The more you participate the more I can share information that matters to you.

Don’t be shy, I’m quite friendly and I respond personally to healthy eating enquiries!

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