Bleeding Tendency

The underlying cause of a bleeding tendency should be diagnosed whenever possible. All investigated causes being absent, you should avoid large quantities of those supplements that reduce platelet aggregation and promote easier bleeding, especially when using any blood-thinning medication. Examples of these include: tocotrienols, fish oils, curcumin, gingko biloba, grapes and grape juice, testosterone, Coumadin, vitamin E over 300IU/day, vitamin B6 over 150-200mg per day, too many essentail fatty acids, garlic, taurine and gugulipids. Aspirin and some NSAIDS should be used with caution.


Conditions that suggest Bleeding Tendency


Risk factors for Bleeding Tendency

Organ Health  

Cirrhosis of the Liver

When the liver slows or stops production of the proteins needed for blood clotting, a person will bruise or bleed easily.

Supplements and Medications  

Significant/moderate daily/mild daily aspirin use

Bleeding Tendency suggests the following may be present

Organ Health  

Cirrhosis of the Liver

When the liver slows or stops production of the proteins needed for blood clotting, a person will bruise or bleed easily.

Recommendations for Bleeding Tendency




Weak or unproven link
Strong or generally accepted link
Reasonably likely to cause problems
Avoid absolutely



The principal male sex hormone that induces and maintains the changes that take place in males at puberty. In men, the testicles continue to produce testosterone throughout life, though there is some decline with age. A naturally occurring androgenic hormone.

Vitamin E

An essential fat-soluble vitamin. As an antioxidant, helps protect cell membranes, lipoproteins, fats and vitamin A from destructive oxidation. It helps protect red blood cells and is important for the proper function of nerves and muscles. For Vitamin E only, 1mg translates to 1 IU.


International Units. One IU is 1/40th (0.025) of a microgram (mcg).

Vitamin B6

Influences many body functions including regulating blood glucose levels, manufacturing hemoglobin and aiding the utilization of protein, carbohydrates and fats. It also aids in the function of the nervous system.


(mg): 1/1,000 of a gram by weight.

Fatty Acids

Chemical chains of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms that are part of a fat (lipid) and are the major component of triglycerides. Depending on the number and arrangement of these atoms, fatty acids are classified as either saturated, polyunsaturated, or monounsaturated. They are nutritional substances found in nature which include cholesterol, prostaglandins, and stearic, palmitic, linoleic, linolenic, eicosapentanoic (EPA), and decohexanoic acids. Important nutritional lipids include lecithin, choline, gamma-linoleic acid, and inositol.


A nonessential amino acid but may be essential for individuals with certain diseases or nutritional concerns. May be needed for the proper development and maintenance of the central nervous system. Taurine's role in bile formation is important for fat metabolism and blood cholesterol control.


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.


Compounds composed of hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen present in the body and in foods that form complex combinations of amino acids. Protein is essential for life and is used for growth and repair. Foods that supply the body with protein include animal products, grains, legumes, and vegetables. Proteins from animal sources contain the essential amino acids. Proteins are changed to amino acids in the body.


Injury producing a hematoma or diffuse extravasation of blood without breaking the skin.

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