Q: How many cloves of garlic is acceptable for a person to eat in a day? I’ve heard that too much garlic can thin the blood. Is this true?


Answer :Garlic can thin the blood (reduce the ability to clot) in a manner similar to aspirin. You should use garlic with caution if you are planning to have surgery or dental work, or if you have a bleeding disorder. There are no specific guidelinesfor how many cloves, however, according to Sarah L. Booth, PhD, director of Tufts HNRCA Vitamin K Laboratory, who adds, If garlic works like aspirin, then it interferes with platelets and not the actual blood coagulation proteins. To the best of my knowledge, it is not well tested experimentally in humans. I guess the bigger question is just how much garlic can one eat in a day and still have close friends?”


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