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Frequently Asked Questions: Nose Bleeds


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Question: Have you aware of any link between Chinese foods and nose bleeds?

Answer: Actually, yes. I have actually had similar problems from eating Chinese food. I can think of several possible reasons for a connection between epistaxis and Asian food. They are:

1. Chinese food is usually very high in salt, which can raise raise blood pressure, especially in salt sensitive individuals. High blood pressure is one possible cause of nose bleeds.

Seasonings high in salt and also common in Asian foods include:

  • Salt
  • Chili powder
  • Chili sauce
  • Garlic salt
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Soy sauce
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lemon pepper

Potasium rich foods may offset high blood pressure from high salt foods.

2. Some foods common in Asian cooking, also contain natural blood thinners. These include garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper and tree ear mushroom. Many of the spices used in Asian cooking are high in salicylates, which may block vitamin K. In general foods high in salicylates are dried spices, tea, fruits and nuts.

Natural blood thinners can contribute to nose bleeds by preventing the blood from clotting properly. When I used to get nose bleeds I finally learned I could stop them right away by eating lettuce, which is high in vitamin K. Over time I started eating foods high in vitamin K often enough that my nose bleeds stopped entirely.

In the book, The Food Pharmacy, by nutrition Jean Carper, she notes a number of foods that have effects on blood coagulation. Foods that she notes that thin the blood include:

  • Chilli peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Fish
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Melon
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Wakame (a type of seaweed)




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