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Garlic prevents blood clots
Started by Bob Anderson
Posted: July 1, 2011 at 20:36
Garlic is a natural treatment that is very effective, inexpensive and has no real unpleasant side effects. Garlic is probably the best of all foods at inhibiting platelet aggregation; that is, preventing blood clots from forming.

People who eat garlic every day develop a natural ability to inhibit the formation of blood clots as long as the garlic is in their systems. When they quit eating the garlic, it takes a few days for the effects to wear off and then the blood clots normally again.

If one is taking Warfarin or any other anticoagulant, it is wise to inform your doctor you are eating garlic, especially if you eat a lot of garlic and that your prescription may need to be adjusted downward some to compensate. Your doctor can do a prothrombin time (INR) test to adjust your prescription. Same thing if you are taking garlic pills. Most doctors don't really understand how garlic works because herbal medicine is not taught in med school.

Garlic is not approved by the FDA for use in treating and condition so doctors are not allowed to recommend it, at least, in the USA so people are on their own to learn about it and decide for themselves whether to try it or not.

Only natural non-irradiated garlic has health benefits. Some garlics in the supermarkets have been irradiated to keep them from sprouting so they can set on the store shelf longer but the radiation kills the enzyme that triggers the processes that result in the health benefits so irradiated garlic has no health benefits.

Fortunately, there is a way to tell whether garlic has been irradiated. Every clove of every natural bulb of garlic has a little growing sprout at its core, growing up through a sheath from its rootplate - that's how garlic reproduces itself. Remove any clove from a bulb and cut it open and look for a little sprout growing in the deep inner core of the clove . If you find one, you have good garlic. If there is no sprout but only an empty sheath or mush, then the garlic has been irradiated and has no health benefits.

My own story is that I eat a lot of garlic and I have for the last 20 years. All my life I had eaten foolishly and wound up with a narrowing of my coronary artery but my blood flowed smoothly through it. Then I stopped eating garlic and about 7-10 days later had a heart attack because a clot had formed and lodged right there at that constriction. That was when it was discovered that I had a 95% blockage. A baloon angioplasty and stent later and I am fine.

My point here is that while eating garlic I had lived a productive life as a ranch hand on a cattle ranch and the garlic was so effective that I could remain productive even with a 95% blockage. That's results. That was 11 years ago and to this day I am on no medications, just eat garlic, raw or cooked, except roasted whole. Garlic has to be crushed or chopped to have health benefits so whole cooked cloves have no health benefits.

More to come...

Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
Reply #1 by Bob Anderson
Posted: July 2, 2011 at 04:43
Some of you may wonder who I am and why I have come into this forum. My name is Bob Anderson and I have grown gourmet garlic commercially for over 20 years but I am no longer a commercial grower but I am still in the garlic business.

I am not a doctor of any kind and I cannot give any medical advice, all I can do is discuss the known properties of garlic and their effects on human health and let people and their health care advisors decide for themselves what, if anything, to do.

I have no qualifications whatsoever to advise people on anything; however, I do have an uncommon amount of information about garlic and I can discuss garlic with just about anyone. I have had personal experience with using garlic to prevent clots and have also attended lectures by three of the world’s most productive scientists in terms of studies published in peer-reviewed journals. I have had personal meetings with these scientists and communicate with via telephone and email. I have read most of their books.

In my studies I discovered how little most people really know about garlic and its physiological effects when used in different ways. There is a great deal of confusion, misinformation and distorted perspectives on garlic among the general public so I have set about educating people about what I have discovered in my studies.

As it relates to DVT the most important thing is that consumption of natural garlic, crushed and cooked or raw, inhibits platelet aggregation so blood clots, thrombi, are less likely to form. The most obvious proof of this is that surgeons advise patients to discontinue usage of garlic for a week or two before surgery because they know it inhibits clotting.

If you want more proof, Google Mohammad and Woodw2ard 1986 to see the results of their study confirming that allicin in crushed raw garlic completely inhibited clotting in vitro.

If the side effects of Warfarin/Coumadin are undesirable, then one should be able to consume garlic or take garlic water baths to get garlic into their system and thereby reduce the need for Warfarin and their doctor can reduce their prescription and thus alleviate some of the side effects.

My whole purpose here is to educate people about garlic and try to find ways people can use garlic to relieve suffering and improve the quality of their lives.

As long as it has not been irradiated, it does not matter what kind of garlic you use as they all have some anti-clotting properties but the hotter and stronger ones are generally thought to be albe to produce more allicin. Buy garlic from your local farmers market and grow your own, good medicine doesn't get any cheaper than that.

Good luck to you.

Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
Reply #2 by Ken
Posted: July 4, 2011 at 18:17

I ride a mountain bike vigorously to stay in shape. Unfortunately, last year I put myself in a state of dehydration because I wasn't consuming enough electrolytes. As a result of the dehydration, I suffered a blood clot in my right calf. At first I thought it was a torn calf muscle so I stayed at home. Several days later I was told that I may have a blood clot, so I decided to go into the ER. Sure enough, I was diagnosed with a clot running from my ankle past the half way point of my thigh. Since I waited too long after getting the clot, I had done damage to some veins in my right leg from the ankle to the knee. The damage they told me is irreversible. However, I was able to stop the clot from doing more damage by receiving the Lovenox injections along with the Warfarin therapy. After 6 months my hematologist took me off the Warfarin, and within 10 days after stopping the Warfarin blood clotted again in the same right calf. The clotting likely happened this time because clotting is more likely to happen when the leg veins are damaged, because with the damaged veins the blood pools easier. Fortunately, since I got treatment for the 2nd clot immediately, there was little (if any) damage to my veins from the 2nd clot (as far as I can tell). Anyhow, after getting the 2nd clot, my hematologist put me back on the Warfarin, and this time he said "for life". So I ask you, do you think the garlic can replace the Warfarin? Let me know how confident you feel about me totally quitting the Warfarin and going to the garlic program. I know you are not a doctor, but tell me how much confidence you have in the garlic to stop blood clotting in my leg even with the compromised veins that make the leg more prone to blood clotting. Do you have 50% confidence it will work as a substitute for the Warfarin? Or are you 75%, 90%, or 99% , or 100% sure that the garlic will work to keep my blood from clotting in place of the Warfarin? I appreciate you coming on this board, and would appreciate and honest answer from you.


Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
Reply #3 by Bob Anderson
Posted: July 4, 2011 at 20:44
Ken -

That's something for your body and your doctor to work out and here's why: Warfarin is designed so that the dosage can be adjusted by the doctor as the prothrombin time varies. As one eats garlic it will slow down the clotting time and as the doctor notices the difference, he/she can prescribe a lesser dosage and perhaps minimize the side effects. Perhaps eventually, you may need little or none.

There are many factors that affect how effective garlic can be, including variety of garlic (Some are hotter and stronger than others.), how long since harvest and how prepared or administered and whether the garlic has ever been irridiated or not. Because of many variations, garlic is an inexact science at best.

By having one's clotting time tested regularly, one's doctor can reduce the prescription as the results of your garlic program dictate, whatever the potency of the garlic.

I certainly would not quit the Warfarin cold and switch to garlic but I would eat garlic and see what effect it has on the clotting time and go from there. If your garlic is working, you will see the results in your clotting time so you will be able to judge for yourself, as will your doctor.

Garlic is herbal medicine and anyone who uses it is on their own as there is no support for herbal medicine at the FDA. Pharmaceutical companies don't want to mess with it because it is cheap and widely available and they cannot capitalize on it so it is up to individual people to learn about it and decide for themselves whether to use it.

In time, when they can produce genetically modified garlic that they can patent as a lifeform that they can exercise exclusive ownership and control over, they will begin to recommend garlic but only their garlic, not ordinary garlic.

Ordinary garlic works now and the prothrombin time demonstrates how well it works.

Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
Reply #4 by Ken
Posted: July 5, 2011 at 03:28

The theraputic level for Warfarin is normal between 2 and 3 INR. Currently my INR is 2.3 with 6mg Warfarin daily. Are you saying to cut down to, lets say 4mg Warfarin and start taking Garlic and see if my INR remains between 2 and 3? Can you mix Garlic and Warfarin to adjust INR levels? This is new to me and I'll have to research it.

Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
Reply #5 by carol
Posted: November 29, 2011 at 14:16
I know this is an older topic but thought i should let people know if they don't already, never take any garlic supplements while on warafarin.
I'm sure garlic is good for you even though it does stink!! but a friend of mine who has also been on warafarin a long time was not aware of this and was taking garlic capsules for a few weeks until she took a massive bleed!!1 luckly she was fine, so just be careful warafarin should not be messed around with and always speak to your doc before you take anything you are not sure of.
Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
Reply #6 by chris Jones
Posted: November 29, 2011 at 15:41


We had a guy on here a few years ago who said been a Vegan also had a miracle cure for DVT and PE.

Load of shite! Absolute bollocks.

Hope we are all fine, keep taking the warfarin and keep taking professional medical advice.


Chris In Bonnie Scotland.
Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
Reply #7 by M. Fazdly
Posted: December 29, 2011 at 14:16
I'm doing a topic on DVT and one of the core aspects of my research is
to find a biological compound to combat DVT. Though hard it seems, I
almost gave up until I came upon garlic which hit me hard.

My own parents told me to always finish my vegetables particularly
garlic. Though I was stubborn and hard-headed, I suddenly realized its
importance as I did my research.

I spent many hours finding for an appropriate answer and when I was
finally content with my finding, it became apparent to me that not
everyone shares the same perspective. At first I found numerous
articles that agreed on the beneficial properties garlic contains,
medical science on the other hand disagrees. Instigating that their
clinical research gave this and that information and that there were
no scientifically proven evidence, they rejected the idea of it's

Well, you see I almost agreed with them but thinking back, my
forefathers, our ancestors has been using garlic for millenniums and
they all agree on its beneficence. All I can say is, science can't
prove everything and that it is limited by it's own logic and
reasoning. If people of the past agreed to it why can't us? Take
aspirin for example, it was scientifically proven to be an excellent
analgesic/anti-coagulant. However, when the law applied for new
compounds to undergo pre-clinical and clinical testing before being
approved and marketed, it was discovered to cause malformations on
monkeys but not us!

This only proves science is limited to it's own understanding and that
we should take a step higher to reach further heights.
Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
Reply #8 by Jackster
Posted: January 5, 2012 at 16:19
Having just been diagnosed with DVT in my left leg in November 2011, and on injections and warfarin, my INR count is always low, around 1.3. Two questions that I have is 1. Has anyone else had a low INR count, and how long did it take to increase to around 2.4?
2. Has anyone tried to exercise whilst having DVT, as reducing movement seems contradictary to me, sitting around surely encourages DVT?
Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
Reply #9 by Diane
Posted: January 5, 2012 at 17:13
Hi Jackster,

I find when my INR drops, it takes me about 2 weeks to get it up, although, the last time it took 6 weeks and really being careful about what I ate.

As regards exercise, you have to be careful for the first few weeks incase some of the clot breaks away, but then it's a case of carefully increasing your mobility, depending on your symptoms.
Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
Reply #10 by Lola
Posted: June 21, 2012 at 09:34
I was discovered of DVT last year april 2011. Woke up one morning to feel pain on the left leg calve. I thought i was muscle pull unill i visited d hospital. Where it was dicovered that i had dvt. I was placed on some injections to dissolve the clot and later placed on warfrine 5mg later to 3mg and 4.5mg finally i am on 5mg with a result of the INR and PT 1.2 and .1.3. But just decided to take garlic because of the fibriod in my tommy so as to shrink it. I am not ready to go through any surgery. I was refered to see a gyneacologist to operate the fibriod. He said i can not be operated on except the warfrine is dicontiued for 12weeks that was what prompted the garlic and i have seen a great change of that of the fibriod. It has really shrink. I do wear my compression stocking. Now my question is that for not getting the actual result that my doctor wanted like 2 point and above i hope is not the garlic i took that is causing it because i don't eat vegetables ever sinse i was placed on warfarin. Pls advise me on what to do.
Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
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Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
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Posted: June 30, 2012 at 20:35
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Re: Garlic prevents blood clots
Reply #13 by Geoff Fenton
Posted: November 6, 2014
- I know the benefits of garlic -but what I don't know is the amount of daily intake needed to prevent clotting-Some idea of what an individual requires might be based on weight, age and health condition but the answers to these questions are almost as elusive as being able to find whether garlic is a good substitute for Warfarin or the Bayer's
Xarelto which, according to all of the reports and web searches showing
lawyers glee over their newly launched lawsuits by the hundreds it should be pulled from the market anytime now just like too many other so-called health drugs. And because I took it I know the effect it puts
on users.
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