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SHANESMOMMY2001
Posts: 166
3/18/10 9:59 A

I'm also on Coumadin after September of 2009. Sadly, I avoid all greens (broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach) I do eat iceburg lettuce salads. Cranberries are an absolute no/no on Coumadin. Cranberries have anti-clotting properties which increases the effect of Coumadin and tendency to bruise. However, I read this is under investigation...good news...I so miss my cranberries! I found the following website helpful for vitamin K.

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Da
ta/SR21/nutrlist/sr21a430.pdf



THEFISH1426
Posts: 63
12/30/09 12:52 A

Thank you all for your suggestions. I guess it will be up to me to manually get the vitamin K info I need and analyze the recipes and foods I eat. My INR levels have been all over the board this last year & 1/2. Two year prior it was very stable. I do make sure to be consistent regarding Vitamin K intake. It is the reason I was looking for a program that would allow me to track it more precisely.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year with great Spark Success!!



BIENEGOLD
Posts: 1,168
12/29/09 11:55 P

I don't know how high your dose is, but my dad was basically told to avoid green stuff altogether.



NSALVADORE
Posts: 463
12/29/09 9:56 P

With coumadin the key thing is to eat the same amount every day! So if normally you have two servings a day one being broccoli with dinner and another being a salad made of spinach at lunch, stick with 2 servings. Know what I mean? So the foods that are the biggest sources are dark greens like spinach, kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli etc.. Usually patients do fine by tracking servings. The website references below has a great list of items containing Vitamin K.

Best of luck!



DRUSILLA56
Posts: 961
12/29/09 9:50 P

THAT'S SAD.
ALOT OF GREENS HAVE VITAMIN K, ALSO MAYONAISE.
IT'S EVEN IN CRANBERRIES. SO I'D FOR SURE LOOK AT THAT SITE BECKY JUST ADDED HERE.



DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,427
12/29/09 9:42 P

Since vitamin K is NOT a mandatory nutrient that has to be listed on a food label, it is difficult to track in the manner that you desire. Most folks have to track vitamin K manually, using a food chart that has been provided by the drug company or their doctor. This link may help. If you need more information, consult your doctor.
Dieitian Becky
www.coumadin.com/vitamin_k.aspx



THEFISH1426
Posts: 63
12/29/09 2:51 P

Hi,
I am taking Coumadin and must track my vitamin K. I don't see a way to track it in the Nutrition Tracker. Am I missing it? Are there any plans to add it?

Also, have to keep sodium down to 1500 mg or less. I can track this so that's ok. What I am also having a really hard time finding recipes that show both the vitamin K and sodium levels. I just don't have the time to separate all the components in a recipe and calc the Vitamin K and then re-calc to fit the recipe.

I really need a way to track vitamin K on the nutrition tracker! Does anyone else have this issue? If so, would you share your solutions.
Thanks, Mary emoticon



 
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