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Old Thu Jun 16, 2011, 08:03 AM
Marlene Marlene is offline
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Tytd....So much depends on the individual as whether or not you take green tea. What is your platelet count and how well are your platelets working for you? There's more to clotting than platelets. Even if you have low platelets, you can still have blood that clots too much for other reasons. We knew a young women who was first diagnosed with ITP and ended up with a blood clot in her leg.

John's worked very well and even at 4K, he took supplements that are known to thin the blood but our goal was to strengthen blood vessels, counter act the iron and correct some toxic nerve damage. He took omega 3 oils and at one point his doc said to stop and see if it made a difference in his platelets. It did not so he went back on it. None of the supplements or healthy foods he ate caused any problems.

So based on below and like Greg said, green tea seems to do both. Vitamin K in the tea helps blood to clotting while other components keep the platelets less sticky. And like Greg said, if you have bleeding problems now, you may want to start slowly and see how you do. I would stick with the whole product versus a supplement though. If you want to try it, get some good organic green tea and have one cup a day for a week and see how you do.


From University of Maryland Medical Center:
Blood Thinning Medications (Including Aspirin) -- People who take warfarin, a blood thinning medication, should not drink green tea. Since green tea contains vitamin K, it can make warfarin ineffective. Meanwhile, you should not mix green tea and aspirin because they both prevent platelets from clotting. Using the two together may increase your risk of bleeding.
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Marlene, wife to John DX w/SAA April 2002, Stable partial remission; Treated with High Dose Cytoxan, Johns Hopkins, June 2002. Final phlebotomy 11/2016. As of January 2017, FE is 233, HGB 11.7, WBC 5.1/ANC 4.0, Plts 146K.
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