Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Does Garlic Affect My Blood?

Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 11:00 AM


Question: Recent lab work showed that my blood platelet count was low. I eat garlic a lot and I heard this can cause low platelets. Is this true?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

A low platelet count is not likely caused by your garlic intake. But it’s best to stop the garlic and any other supplements you may be taking that are not prescribed because you want your existing platelets to have unhindered function. I’d stay off garlic until the cause of your low platelet level is determined by your doctor, and levels have normalized. Also avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and other over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents known also to decrease platelet function.

While many cases of low platelet counts may not have a known cause, you shouldn’t ignore the situation. So if future platelet counts do not show an improvement, ask your doctor for a consultation with a hematologist. Although your platelet level is below normal, you are not at a level to cause spontaneous bleeding.

It is important that your doctor provide you a management plan to monitor your low platelet count, but in the meantime you also need also to be sure that the platelets that you have are able to function normally.


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A low platelet count is not likely to caused by garlic intake, but should be checked by a doctor.
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