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.
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