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  • Low INR: Olive Oil, Peanut Butter, Walnuts to blame?

    My INR was low again (2.0) - they told me to increase to 3 mg 6 days 2 mg 1 day from 3 mg 4 days and 2 mg 3 days per week and come back in 10 days.
    I'm trying to figure out why it's lower as I've quit using the Ensure now and a few weeks ago my INR was 3.4
    So I think I've narrowed it down to:
    extra virign olive oil for cooking (frying beef)
    natural smooth peanut butter (I've increased to 2 slices of bread and peanut butter from 1)
    tomatoes (apparently 6 mcg per 3.5 ounces)
    walnuts (apparently 2.7 mcg per 3.5 ounces)

    I've been eating these the last few weeks so I'm wondering if the cumulative effect was to lower my INR. Of course if the warfarin dose increase gets me back in range I won't mind but just hoping and praying the INR won't go lower.
    Will I have to eat preety much the same precise amount of these foods each week? Anyone else had issues with olive oil, walnuts, or peanut butter?
    Here's the info I've found from various places about vit. k content in these foods-

    Treated Olive Oil 2.1 mcg per oz.
    Olive Oil - 1oz. - 13.7 mcg
    From:
    http://food.naturalhealthperspective.com/oliveoil.html
    >>>>
    The dark green variety of Olive Oil contains the most antioxidants.1 Olive Oil is the second best natural source of Vitamin K available. The greener the vegetable or oil the higher the content because Vitamin K is associated with chlorophyll.
    >>>>
    http://www.oliveoilsource.com/oliveoildr.htm
    >>>>
    The greener the vegetable, the higher the content, say the researchers, because the vitamin is associated with the chlorophyll. Vegetable oils--soybean, canola and olive--and dressings containing them are the second best source - USDA
    >>>>
    http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocente...itaminK/k.html
    >>>
    Food Serving Vitamin K (mcg)
    Olive oil 1 Tablespoon 6.6
    >>>
    From:
    http://www.medal.org/adocs/docs_ch12/doc_ch12.01.html
    olive oil 49 per 100 grams

    Peanut Butter
    http://www.coumadin.com/consumer/INT_VitaminK1.asp
    Peanut butter, smooth 6 Tbsp. 0.3
    Peanut butter 2.8 per oz.
    Peanut butter smooth 10 mcg per 100 gm

    Peaches
    http://www.coumadin.com/consumer/INT_VitaminK1.asp
    Peach, raw 1 medium 2.1
    Peach canned 70 mcg.
    Peaches raw 3 mcg

    Tomatoes - fresh - 1oz. - 1.8 mcg.
    tomatoes ripe raw per 100 gm 6 mcg
    tomatoes ripe raw 6 per 100 grams
    Tomato, red, raw, 1 tomato, 3
    Tomatoes, ripe, raw 6

    Walnuts 2.7 per 100 gm

  • #2
    Hey Jim - If you've got the INR down to that much of a science, I'd like to talk to you about the Dow Jones Futures market !!!! You may be right on, my friend - if so you're blowing my mind. Chris

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    • #3
      Are you treating your Olive Oil? Leaving it sit in the sunlight that is? Peanut butter will do some lowering but I think your running a combo there. I don't really think it's all that your eating, but something that your body is going through.

      Chris do you think we can get him to recommend something that would actually make money for us?

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      • #4
        OK Jim-

        I bet you're an engineer, outside chance of being an accountant.

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        • #5
          low INR

          I personally think its the weather or Rain's dog is back in the flower beds

          My INR was 2.0 today also. No olive oil or peanut butter for me.
          Will give a green veggie or salad today and tomarrow.

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          • #6
            Chris - the best stock market technique I've heard of was to "buy low and sell high."

            Ross writes;
            >>>>
            Are you treating your Olive Oil? Leaving it sit in the sunlight that is? Peanut butter will do some lowering but I think your running a combo there. I don't really think it's all that your eating, but something that your body is going through.
            >>>>
            No - I've never heard of 'treating olive oil' - I keep it in the fridge. I'm eating better than I was after the surgery. Do you recommend leaving olive oil in the sunlight?

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            • #7
              Expose your oil to sun or fluorescent light for 48 hours. That will destroy about 85% of the Vit K content of the oil. It doesn't need to be opened. It only need be in a clear container that light can get through to it.

              This comes from the Coumadin Cookbook.

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              • #8
                Thanks Ross,
                I found that page in my copy of the Coumadin Cookbook -I'll be exposing olive to sunlight to treat it like they say.
                One odd thing I noticed in the 'cookbook' book - on page 19 they say canned peaches are a low source of vit. k and then in the chart at the end it say on page 416 that canned peach has 70 mcg of vit k (I wonder if this is a misprint).

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                • #9
                  Obviously mine says the samething. I think it is a misprint. I'll have to check some other charts, but I can't see how 1 oz of canned peaches can have 70 mcg of Vit K! Raw peach is only 2 so I can see canned in syrup as having maybe 7.

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                  • #10
                    Getting Better

                    Jim,

                    Al Lodwick may come along and answer some of your questions, but in the meantime consider the lower INR a sign of your recovery from your surgery. Many of us, myself included, experienced lower INR's 3-6 months post-op. At about that time, we are feeling much better, we are much more active, and our body metabolizes the coumadin/warfarin much better.

                    With that said, I wouldn't worry too much about your diet, and just take an increased dose if that is what your Doctor prescribes.
                    Kristy S.
                    AVR 6-19-01 (S.J. Mechanical)
                    Centura Porter Hospital
                    Dr. Brad Hofer (Surgeon)

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                    • #11
                      Calculate every thing you put in your mouth?!

                      I guess I might consider it, if I thought that was the only thing that influenced my readings... but I know its not. I?ve been on coumadin for 3 years, what I have learned is that exercise, stress, vacations, the dog sleeping in my flower beds, etc have as much impact on my INR as what I put in my mouth.

                      Of course your body may be totally different. If so, you are one lucky duck.
                      Rain
                      MVR 4/6/00
                      33mm St. Jude
                      Denver, CO

                      "enjoy the moment"

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                      • #12
                        Devils advocate here: I tried to play the numbers game and it didn't work out at all for me. I just eat what I want, when I want and adjust from there. I was driving myself nuts.

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                        • #13
                          Protime machine

                          I do too, Ross. I eat all the wrong stuff. But I do try to do it CONSISTENTLY. And I thank my lucky stars for my protime machine so I can check it often as I feel I need to.

                          I told my cardio one time that he was trying to put me in a rocking chair. lol That?s basically what he was telling me! "Be CONSISTENT Lorraine." Who the heck is consistent?! I got some living to get done, man, kids to raise, places to see, things to do........ not a lot of time for a rocking chair.

                          Actually since I got my new machine my INR has been very consistent. Been taking my 3 mgs a day for months now.
                          Rain
                          MVR 4/6/00
                          33mm St. Jude
                          Denver, CO

                          "enjoy the moment"

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                          • #14
                            OK Ross - I'll be the sucker. What the H___ is that in your avatar now ? Looks like a Moosebirdsnake. You been mixing up your drugs again ??? I need to call your therapist -- Bonnie, I need help ! Chris

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                            • #15
                              Ross?

                              Is it a bird, with antlers, eating a snake..... ?
                              Rain
                              MVR 4/6/00
                              33mm St. Jude
                              Denver, CO

                              "enjoy the moment"

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