Coumadin (warfarin) Diet Information

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

The main dietary concern of taking warfarin (common brand name: Coumadin) has to do with the amount of vitamin K in your diet. Vitamin K changes the way warfarin affects the blood. When you eat foods that are high in vitamin K, you can decrease the effect of warfarin. Likewise, eating less vitamin K can increase the effect of the medication.

The key is to try to eat a similar amount of foods that contain vitamin K each day. Don’t make any major changes to your diet without speaking with your doctor. If you want to lose weight, eat a lower fat diet or become a vegetarian, your doctor would want to know about these changes to help manage your warfarin.

Leafy green vegetables tend to contain higher amounts of vitamin K and one rule of thumb is to suspect that green veggies, cabbages and lettuces are high in Vitamin K. Certain vegetable oils have high amounts of vitamin K.

Foods that are low in vitamin K include roots, bulbs, tubers, some fruits and fruit juices. Cereals, grains and other milled products are also low in vitamin K.

What Can I Eat?

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Lists of Coumadin (warfarin) safe recipes, along with foods that are low, medium and high in Vitamin K.

Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Recipes

Breakfast Recipes

Blueberry Muffins

Muffins, pancakes, smoothies and more. Start your day right! See all Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Breakfast Recipes »

Soup Recipes

Chicken Noodle Soup

Familiar favorites like Chicken Noodle Soup to new tastes like Roasted Eggplant Soup. See all Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Soup Recipes

Salad Recipes

Greek Salad

Delicious composed salads, side salads and salad dressings. See all Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Salad Recipes

Sides & Extras Recipes

Stuffed Potato

Vegetable side dishes, starches such as rice and potatoes and more. See all Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Side Dish Recipes

Fish Recipes

the ingredients for a healthy fish soup

Delicious halibut, tuna, grouper, whitefish and more. See all Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Fish Recipes

Shellfish Recipes

Shrimp

Easy, healthy shrimp, scallops, crab, mussels and more. See all Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Shellfish Recipes

Beef / Lamb Recipes

Meatball Hoagie

Savor the flavors of beef and lamb with easy, satisfying Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Beef and Lamb Recipes

Pork Recipes

Pork Tenderloin

Enjoy healthy, delicious pork with easy, satisfying Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Pork Recipes

Chicken Recipes

Chicken Marsala

Quick favorites and easy classics for those on Coumadin (warfarin). See all Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Poultry Recipes

Turkey Recipes

Chicken Marsala

Easy, healthy recipes, from soups to roasted breasts. See all Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Turkey Recipes

Vegetarian Recipes

Pasta Alfredo

Quick and easy tomato sauce, pastas and risotto dishes make meatless delicious. See all Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Vegetarian Recipes

Dessert Recipes

Key Lime Pie

Classic desserts such as Creme Brulee along with Whipped Cream and more. See all Coumadin (warfarin) Safe Dessert Recipes

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