Can I Use EDTA with Garlic If Taking Aspirin for Blood Thinning?

Q I have discontinued using EDTA with garlic because I am on 325-mg aspirin to thin my blood. Is EDTA by itself a blood thinner?

LINDA, Bedford, TX

A Garlic is a blood thinner, but EDTA is not. However, many individuals cannot tolerate aspirin, whether taken at high or low dose. While over-anticoagulation has been found to occur when certain herbals, especially ginkgo, are combined with aspirin, that is not the case with garlic. In a recent study, the “short-term treatment with AGE [aged garlic] may improve impaired endothelial function in men with CAD treated with aspirin and a statin. Whether improvement in endothelial function decreases the risk of future cardiovascular events remains to be determined.”1 While garlic is a much less powerful blood thinner than aspirin, and probably safer, please check with your physician to determine if you are affected this way. Be sure also to have your physician determine if you are sensitive to aspirin.


  1. Williams MJ, Sutherland WH, McCormick MP, Yeoman DJ, de Jong SA. Aged garlic extract improves endothelial function in men with coronary artery disease. Phytother Res 2005;19(4):314-9.

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