Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and trout, are known to help lower cholesterol levels as well as reduce the chances of clotting in the blood.
The thickness of your blood can depend on a number of factors. Your red blood cell count has the most influence on the viscosity of your blood. Blood fats, such as LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, can affect this viscosity – the more LDL you have passing through your bloodstream, the thicker your blood will be.
Other factors such as chronic inflammation, smoking, diabetes, eating habits and even your genetic makeup can all contribute to the varying thinness or thickness of your blood.
Research suggests that thinner blood may improve your overall circulation and lower your risk of vascular issues and accidents such as blood clots and hemorrhages that can negatively affect your heart, brain, intestines, eyes, limbs and other organs.
With thicker, “stickier” blood, the heart has to work harder to move it around your body, and if any blockages or obstructions occur, issues like high blood pressure may arise, and you could even suffer a dangerous heart attack or stroke.
While having thinner blood may stave off any alarming blood circulation issues, blood that is too thin may lead to complications as well. With a lack of platelets in the blood to increase viscosity, continual bleeding – where your wounds and cuts have trouble forming blood clots to stop the bleeding – may cause some amount of frustration, and may even end up becoming a dangerous problem.
For this reason, people who are aware of their blood being thinner than average might want to avoid ingesting certain foods that act as natural blood thinners