I take Coumadin (Warfarin), can I go on the OPTAVIA Program?

If you are taking Coumadin® (warfarin) to prevent or limit the growth of blood clots, getting a consistent amount of vitamin K each day is typically required for the drug to work properly. We recommend you consult your healthcare provider prior to changing your daily intake of vitamin K so medication can be adjusted if necessary. Note: None of the information in this FAQ is intended to be medical advice or a medical diagnosis.

Each OPTAVIA Fueling provides approximately 20% of the daily value (24 micrograms) for vitamin K. Having five OPTAVIA Fuelings per day provides roughly 100% of the daily requirement for vitamin K (about 120 micrograms vitamin K), depending on which meals are chosen. Refer to the Nutrition Facts Label on each Fueling for the exact amount of vitamin K. The OPTAVIA Snacks, Flavor Infusers, Purposeful Hydration™ drinks, and Flavors of Home® are not significant sources of vitamin K.

The Lean & Green meal may be an additional source of vitamin K, depending on food choices. Dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale, as well as okra, scallions, broccoli, and cabbage are rich sources of vitamin K. Mushrooms, hearts of palm, kohlrabi, jicama, turnips, radishes, fennel, squash, cucumbers, and eggplant have lower amounts of vitamin K. Again, consuming a moderate, consistent amount of foods with vitamin K is typically recommend for those taking Coumadin® (Warfarin), so it is important that you pay attention to the types and amounts of foods you are having for the Lean & Green meal and work closely with your healthcare provider for personalized guidance.

Be sure to consult your healthcare provider prior to and throughout your journey with OPTAVIA so that he or she can monitor blood work regularly and adjust your medication if and when needed.

OPTAVIA’s Overview for Healthcare Providers is a good resource to take to and discuss with your healthcare provider.