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Rhubarb natures blood thinner

Updated on June 5, 2010

Rhubarb plants

 Rhubarb is a mysterious plant to many people who don't understand the value this plant holds in store for someone who eats the stalks.  The leaves are poisonous and should never been eaten but the reddish stalks are great to make various dishes.  One side effect that should be stated about rhubarb though is that it is a natural blood thinner.  If you are anemic or are prone to developing anemia than rhubarb should be avoided at all cost. 

Rhubarb is a good vegetable to plant if you have circulation problems or a heart ailment.  Thinning of the blood can be a benefit in cases of stroke or heart conditions and may be enough to keep you from having to taking prescription blood thinners like Coumadin.  The heart does not have to pump as hard if the blood has been thinned and this allows some comfort to the heart condition or circulation problems.

Rhubarb can be eaten raw with the reddish skin peeled and dipped in sugar to sweeten the tart taste or it can be eaten salted.  Recipes can be found that include rhubarb pie, rhubarb cake, rhubarb crisp and even rhubarb jelly.  Rhubarb grows in the form of a bushy plant and is normally picked in early spring from May to June.  It can be grown in nearly any soil but tends to like a shady location with a good water source.


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      novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Interesting. I was not aware that rhubarb is a blood thinner and I didn't think that it could be eaten raw (thought it was poisonous like the leaves...)