Nutrition & Lifestyle

The following information is a collection of advice, suggestions, experiences, and even wives’ tales from our community of Glanzmann’s patients regarding diet and nutrition. You should consult with your doctor before changing your diet. To contribute to this page, submit a form on our Contact page.


  • 20/08/2004 - Drinking tomato juice every day reduced the blood’s clotting ability in people with type 2 diabetes, report Australian researchers this week, reports Dominique Patton.

    They found a significant lowering of platelet aggregation – the blood's ability to clot – after a daily dose of juice for three weeks, according to the research letter in this week's JAMA (Aug 18;292(7):805-6).

Community Tips

  • “Hi Everyone,

    As some of you may know, I have always been interested in foods and the effects of what they do for the human body. In addition to what I have already said, I have a further list of foods to avoid from some research I have been doing. Some of these foods I have already known about and forgot to mention earlier. This list may seem extensive but I STRONGLY believe in this and feel that if I avoid giving my kids these things then I can only be helping them. Some people may say, "Then what CAN they eat?" Well, if you really think about it, there are still MANY, MANY things they can consume. Please do take a look and give it some thought. At the end of the list, I'll give you some personal examples from my experiences.

    • Chili Peppers: dissolves blood clots
    • Dates: natural aspirin qualities
    • Skins of Grapes: inhibit blood platelet clumping (may be why our kids need to avoid alcohol)
    • Melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon): anti-coagulants
    • Onions (chives, shallots, scallions, leeks): thins blood
    • Pineapple: dissolves blood clots
    • Turmeric: hinders platelet aggregation
    • Seaweed & Kelp: natural clot-buster
    • Prune: natural aspirin quality
    • Raspberry (and other berries): natural aspirin quality

    From my own experiences, I used to give my kids the Japanese seaweed (sushi type). My daughter used to get a nosebleed each time after eating it. This also happened to my kids when they ate grapes. Now I peel the skin off of the grapes to give it to them. There is something about the skin. I know that each person reacts to foods differently and it's not to say that each time you eat these, you're going to bleed. I mean, my kids REALLY enjoy eating the melons and the berries. I still give them some but just not A LOT.”

    — Janet

  • “In my very limited research yesterday I've already come across more items to avoid; Ginger root makes platelets less sticky, Ginkgo biloba inhibits clotting by promoting vasodilation and blood flow, Vitamin E slows down coagulation. Vitamin K (found in leafy vegetables) is good--it helps to promote clotting.”

  • “An American haematologist friend who has carried out much research into platelet aggregation recently wrote me:

    ‘Fish oil and garlic have constituents that inhibit platelets, you are very unlikely to ingest enough of these to constitute a real problem. So my advice would be similar to what my mother always told me: 'Eat a balanced diet with everything in moderation'.’”