Kiwi fruit thins blood

| Post published on June 1, 2004
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Thousands of people in the UK take aspirin, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug to thin the blood and reduce the risk of blood clots. New research suggests there may be drug-free way of reducing this risk. Researchers at the University of Oslo in Norway tested whether consuming kiwi fruit could alter the level of blood clotting in human volunteers. They found that consuming two or three kiwi fruit per day for 28 days significantly reduced blood clotting. While the precise mechanism for this action remains unclear these results indicate that consuming kiwi fruit may protect against cardiovascular disease.

Duttaroy AK, Jorgensen A. 2004. Effects of kiwi fruit consumption on platelet aggregation and plasma lipids in healthy human volunteers. Platelets. 15 (5) 287-292.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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