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Curbing Clots, by Elizabeth Gudrais (Sept-Oct, 2012)

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The old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" now has science to back it up: Harvard researchers have found that rutin, a substance contained in that fruit (as well as in onions, buckwheat, and tea), has potent anti-clotting powers that could help prevent heart attack and stroke.

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Red Cross Apple, by James McQuillan/iStock Images


Researchers discovered rutin's anti-thrombotic property when they screened a set of 5,000 compounds for their ability to block the action of a key protein involved in the formation of vessel-clogging blood clots. When rutin rose to the top of the list, "It was very surprising, and we still don't understand exactly why it is so potent," says associate professor of medicine Robert Flaumenhaft, the study's senior author.


Click here to read Ms. Gudrais' entire article at Harvard Magazine.







 

I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 
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