Cardiology: Onions Against Clots

"In France," a well-traveled patient told a doctor in Newcastle upon Tyne, "when a horse develops clots in its legs, it is treated with a diet of garlic and onions." The doctor was a Burma-born heart-disease researcher, I. Sudhakaran Menon, and the remark suggested to him a novel line of attack on the problem of clot formation in human blood vessels.

If a man eats a fat-loaded meal, the strength of the anticlotting factors in his blood decreases sharply within two or three hours, proportionately increasing the risk that clots may form and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!