One of the most frequent questions I'm asked is how to protect yourself from a blood clot. It's an important question because blood clots are deadly. They can cause heart attacks, strokes, and many other serious problems. But new evidence shows one simple vitamin can protect you.

An Australian study (double-blinded, the best kind) looked at 39 healthy subjects. The researchers divided them into three different groups. They gave the first group 100 mg of gamma tocopherol. The second group took 200 mg of gamma tocopherol. And the third took a placebo.

Both treated groups had significantly lower platelet activation. Their platelet volume also dropped, even on 100 mg daily. Platelets are tiny clotting cells. When their numbers are up or they get activated in large numbers, they join up and form a clot.

The supplemented groups also saw their LDL cholesterol levels drop significantly.

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Gamma tocopherol is just one form of vitamin E. When you take a synthetic vitamin E, you get only dl-alpha tocopherol. Even many non-synthetic brands provide you with only the "d" form. I recommend you use a total natural vitamin E supplement, such as Unique E or Carlson's. They provide your best protection from clots.

One final note: Avoiding clots is especially important if you have atrial fibrillation. In this condition, the atria (the two upper chambers in your heart) fail to move blood into the ventricles (the lower chambers of the heart). This can lead to stagnation in the atria. And stagnation can cause a clot. I've written several times in the past about my cocktail for atrial fibrillation.

One of the ingredients on my list is vitamin E (natural mixed tocopherols - 1,200 IU daily). It also includes nattokinase (one twice daily), omega-3 marine oil (2 tablets twice daily), gingko (one capsule twice daily), and aged garlic. For the latter, I use the formulation in Dr. Garry Gordon's oral chelation product "Essential Daily Defense" (three tablets, three times daily).

How does it work? I've had fantastic results with it! In fact, I've not had a patient with a known blood clot from atrial fibrillation in over 16 years.

Ref: "Effects of gamma-tocopherol supplementation on thrombotic risk factors," Singh I, Turner AH, et al,
Asia Pac J Clin Nutr, 2007; 16(3): 422-8.

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