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Garlic and blood thinners:
Garlic is a natural blood thinner, which is great. That makes it the perfect choice for folks who are looking for a heart-healthy supplement that can help them lower their blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, without the harsh side effects of drugs.1,2,3,4,5
But because this herb naturally thins your blood, if you're already taking any blood-thinning (anti-coagulant) medications, such as warfarin, taking garlic could become a problem. The combination of the drug and herb may thin your blood too much, putting you at risk for bleeding.
Avoid combining garlic with any blood thinning medications until you speak with your doctor, and he has given you the thumbs up.
Ginkgo and blood thinners:
Similar to garlic, gingko has the ability to thin your blood. Traditionally, the herb is used to increase blood circulation and for increasing alertness, improving memory problems and alleviating symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer's.6.7
However, just as you need to be careful about combining garlic and blood thinners, if you're taking any medications that are designed to slow blood clotting — such as warfarin — you need to be cautious about taking ginkgo as well. The herb and drug combination could be too effective, which may lead to bleeding.
If you're taking a blood thinning medication talk with your doctor before you try ginkgo.
Licorice and diuretics or blood pressure drugs:
Licorice, an herbal anti-inflammatory, naturally soothes a number of digestive problems. Licorice supplements are often taken to relieve occasional heartburn, soothe indigestion and help relieve the discomfort of stomach ulcers or a leaky gut.