Silver nanoparticles injected into the bloodstream may protect against blood clots in coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke, according to new research.
The news was reported by the American Chemical Society which said laboratory experiments indicate small amounts of the nanosilver injected intravenously reduce the ability of platelets to clump together – which forms the basis of life-threatening clots – by as much as 40 percent.
It also said the procedure shows no apparent harmful side effects.
Writing in the journal ACS Nano the researchers stated, "Nanosilver appears to possess dual significant properties critically helpful to the health of mankind – antibacterial and antiplatelet – which together can have unique utilities, for example in coronary stents."
If confirmed, the results may represent a breakthrough in the treatment and prevention of blood clots, giving patients a natural alternative to aspirin and anticoagulant drugs, some of which have caused serious side effects such as bleeding.
Among other natural blood-thinning substances are foods and herbs high in salicylates, including dried fruits and nuts as well as spices such as curry powder, ginger, thyme, cinnamon, oregano, licorice and peppermint, according to the Connective Tissue Disorder website.
The source adds that in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine many of these spices are known as "warming spices" as they tend to increase blood circulation, which in turn speeds up the metabolism and makes a person feel warmer.