The vegetable – as well as apples and oranges – contains the natural compound rutin, which was found to fend off clots in thrombotic mice.
It means clots in arteries and veins can be treated by a single agent, US researchers claim.
Researcher Robert Flaumenhaft, based in Boston, US, said: ‘Rutin proved to be the most potently anti-thrombotic compound that we ever tested in this model.
‘Clots occur in both arteries and in veins. Clots in arteries are platelet-rich, while those in veins are fibrin-rich. This discovery suggests that a single agent can treat and prevent both types of clots.’
The next stage of tests will involve human trials as rutin has already been ruled safe to use by health officials.
Dr Flaumenhaft added: ‘A safe and inexpensive drug that could reduce recurrent clots could help save thousands of lives.
‘These pre-clinical trials provide proof of principle that PDI is an important therapeutic target for anti-thrombotic therapy.
‘We are poised to expeditiously test this idea in a clinical trial.’