Should I avoid iron if I am on Coumadin (warfarin)?
I came across your recipes on the internet and am wondering if when taking Coumadin and not being able to eat anything with vitamin K or iron, why do most of your recipes have foods with iron as well. Iron also has blood clotting properties. Could you direct me to recipes without K or iron?
Dr. Gourmet Says...
Iron does not have blood clotting properties but is a key part of red blood cells. There is sometimes confusion because iron is an important part of hemoglobin, the molecule inside red blood cells that carries oxygen.
There is a long list of the recipes that are low in Vitamin K on the Dr. Gourmet web site just for folks like you. You can find that link here: http://www.drgourmet.com/warfarin/warfarinrecipes.shtml
There's other info that can help you on this page: http://www.drgourmet.com/warfarin/index.shtml
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.
Read Related Questions
Will Vitamin B have
an effect on my INRs?
What effect does taking saw palmetto have on Coumadin levels?
If I'm on Coumadin, can I use Green Tea for weight loss?
What about Coumadin and Golgi or Noni juice?
Is Mona Vie (acai juice) safe with Coumadin?
Why can't I have grapefruit?
Can I take Chromium Picolinate while I'm taking Coumadin?
Do Goji Berries interact with Coumadin (warfarin)?
What about herbal teas and Coumadin?
Can I take Fenugreek with my other medications?
Can I use these nutritional supplements while on Coumadin?
How can my friend control her Vitamin K intake and increase her iron intake?
How Much Vitamin K is in....?
There's an easy way to find out about the nutrition content of any food. Just use The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan Software.
Just register to use the software, then click the Recipe Box tab. The ingredient database includes over 7,000 ingredients and will show you the nutritional information for those ingredients - including Vitamin K. Use the Food Diary section to help you track your daily Vitamin K intake along with calories and other nutrients. Try it now!