Two weeks ago, I showed you how nattokinase can keep your blood from clotting and your arteries from clogging. But nattokinase isn’t the only supplement available that can help keep your blood flowing freely throughout your circulatory system.
Scientists from India regularly study the spices used in Indian food and the individual compounds extracted from these spices. These include clove, capsaicin, piperine, quercetin, and turmeric (curcumin). In one study, they looked at how these spices and compounds impact human platelet aggregation (clotting).
These scientists, from the Central Food Technological Research Institute, found that all of these spices and compounds are able to significantly inhibit blood clotting. However, two of the substances were especially effective.
Eugenol, which is the active compound in cloves, and capsaicin were the most potent inhibitors of arachidonic-acid-induced platelet aggregation. In fact, eugenol was 29 times more potent than aspirin in inhibiting this type of platelet aggregation. This is significant!
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How many doctors do you know who recommend you take a clove supplement every day instead of a baby aspirin? And yet, the cloves are far more effective at keeping your blood clot-free. What’s more, the cloves have other health benefits. They’re also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and can boost your immune system thanks to their vitamin C content.
As I showed you a couple weeks ago, combining anti-inflammatory supplements with clot-busting supplements can keep your cardiovascular system in tip-top shape. And cloves can serve both of these functions.
All of these spices can add great flavor to your cooking and keep you healthy at the same time. These researchers found that all of the tested spices and compounds showed varying degrees of clot-busting ability. So use plenty of cloves, capsaicin, curcumin, cinnamaldehyde, piperine, allyl sulphide, and quercetin in your foods.
You can also find most of these in supplement form at your local health food store or online.
One final note: You can get too much of a good thing with cloves. So make sure you follow the label instructions on dosage. And talk to your integrative physician if you have any questions about using it for your particular health challenges.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.