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Foods to Limit While On Warfarin (Coumadin)
08-19-2010, 01:03 PM (This post was last modified: 08-19-2010 01:04 PM by sunshine.)
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Foods to Limit While On Warfarin (Coumadin)
Foods that contain Vitamin K are known to alter the effectiveness
of Warfarin (Coumadin). Studies have shown that 150 micrograms
(mcg) per day of Vitamin K may lower your INR which can have
dramatic consequences. The current daily amount of Vitamin K
recommended in Coumadin patients is in the range of 60 to 80
micrograms a day.

Here are the foods you want to avoid or eat in moderation:

Loaded with Vitamin K!

• Kale, frozen (cooked or boiled) 570 mcg in 1/2 cup

• Kale, fresh (cooked or boiled) 530 mcg in 1/2 cup

• Spinach, frozen (cooked or boiled) 514 mcg in 1/2 cup

• Spinach raw 150 mcg vitamin K in 1 cup

• Collard greens, frozen 530 mcg in 1/2 cup

• Turnip greens frozen 425 mcg in 1/2 cup

• Brussels sprouts, frozen 110 mcg in 1/2 cup


Kind of Loaded with Vitamin K!

• Asparagus frozen (cooked) 4 spears 48 mcg

• Asparagus fresh (cooked) 4 spears 30 mcg

• Broccoli frozen 1/2 cup 60 mcg

• Broccoli fresh 1/2 cup 52 mcg

• Broccoli raw 1/2 cup 40 mcg

• Lettuce (iceberg) 1/2 head 65 mcg

• Lettuce (romaine) 1 cup 57 mcg

• Cabbage (cooked) 1/2 cup 73 mcg

• Coleslaw 3/4 cup 56 mcg

• Peas green frozen 1/2 cup 18 mcg

• Celery raw 1/2 cup 17 mcg

• Oil Canola 1 tablespoon 17 mcg

• Oil Olive 1 tablespoon 8 mcg

• Green tea (brewed) 3.5 ounces 0.3 mcg

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08-19-2010, 07:48 PM
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RE: Foods to Limit While On Warfarin (Coumadin)
I'm so glad to see this post. My husband had open heart surgery six months ago and is now on warfarin for his metal arotic valve. They were going to give him an animal valve but in the end, he was told that dialysis would destroy it in two years and he'd be back on the table. When I found out we had to watch the vit.K foods, I didn't know what to feed him in regards to vegetables. Still don't. He had his blood tests done today and his potassium levels are too low. I'll have to contact the nutritionist again tomorrow about this. Thanks for the info and the reminder!
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08-19-2010, 08:03 PM
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(08-19-2010 07:48 PM)The Wife Wrote:  I'm so glad to see this post. My husband had open heart surgery six months ago and is now on warfarin for his metal arotic valve. They were going to give him an animal valve but in the end, he was told that dialysis would destroy it in two years and he'd be back on the table. When I found out we had to watch the vit.K foods, I didn't know what to feed him in regards to vegetables. Still don't. He had his blood tests done today and his potassium levels are too low. I'll have to contact the nutritionist again tomorrow about this. Thanks for the info and the reminder!

you're very welcome Smile
is your husband allowed to have banana's?
I know they are very high in potassium, but
if his level is very low, even a half of a banana
should help bring it up.

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08-20-2010, 08:26 AM (This post was last modified: 08-20-2010 08:28 AM by The Wife.)
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RE: Foods to Limit While On Warfarin (Coumadin)
Bannanas are okay for him. As are oranges. I've got the fruit part figured out but veggies, well, that's another story. The cardiac nurse told us that he needs to keep the amount of vit K the same every day but that's not always easy. I was doing not too bad with the dialysis diet but when they added the warafin, my brain froze.

I have frozen bananas and oranges in the freezer. I'll make a smoothie. Thanks Sunshine.
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08-20-2010, 09:17 AM
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RE: Foods to Limit While On Warfarin (Coumadin)
(08-20-2010 08:26 AM)The Wife Wrote:  Bannanas are okay for him. As are oranges. I've got the fruit part figured out but veggies, well, that's another story. The cardiac nurse told us that he needs to keep the amount of vit K the same every day but that's not always easy. I was doing not too bad with the dialysis diet but when they added the warafin, my brain froze.

I have frozen bananas and oranges in the freezer. I'll make a smoothie. Thanks Sunshine.

now that can be very trying I would think, when the K has to remain
fairly similar daily. I suppose you would really need to know exactly
what he's going to have everyday that contains K. Well, below I found
a good link that I think you may find informative..
foods high in K

here's a bit more info..

Details for 11lb serving: In BEEF

1737.5 mg of potassium is present in ROUND, EYE, LEAN, RAW
1692 mg in RIB EYE, LEAN, RAW,
1687.5 mg in CHUCK, ARM POT ROAST, LEAN, RAW
1683 mg in ROUND, BOTTOM, LEAN, RAW

Details for 11lb serving: In PORK

1764.5 mg in LOIN, WHOLE, LEAN, RAW
1678.5 mg in SIRLOIN (CHOPS/ROAST), BONE-IN, LEAN, RAW
1674 mg in HAM, WHOLE, LEAN, RAW
1660 mg in TENDERLOIN, LEAN, RAW

Details for Seafood

1251 mg in GROUPER, MIXED SPECIES (serving: 1 fillet (259g))
970 mg in SALMON, ATLANTIC, WILD (serving: 1/2 fillet (198g))
954 mg in COD, ATLANTIC (serving:1 fillet (231g))
918 mg in HALIBUT, ATLANTIC & PACIFIC (serving: 1/2 fillet (204g))
913.5 mg in MACKEREL, PACIFIC & JACK (serving: 1 fillet (225g)

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08-20-2010, 10:19 AM
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It is trying and as he was going through the heart surgery, I was going through caregiver burnout. That's when his phosphorus levels went way up. I gave up and when he said he needed protien, I cooked it. I wonder if the body needs more protien for healing after surgery. I was so concerned with his heart that dealing with dialysis issues were put on the back burner. Sort of.

Before the heart surgery, he was eating spinach, brocolli...I had the meals figured out. Since the warfarin was added, I've noticed that I'm not eating my veggies! And now that we're starting to get his phosphorus lowered, I can focus more on figuring out the other stuff.

I should have been a nutritionist.

More great info from you Sunshine. Thanks!
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