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Friday, August 23, 2013

27 Foods that Contain Natural Aspirin

When most people experience headaches, joint pain, or other aches in their body, they turn to aspirin or another anti-inflammatory drug.

Aspirin was originally derived from the herbs meadowsweet and willow bark and later synthesized by the pharmaceutical industry to create a patentable product, which they do to increase profits. When natural compounds are synthesized in a laboratory and then marketed as drugs, they typically cause side-effects that the food and herb sources do not usually cause.

Unfortunately the list of side-effects on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also called NSAIDs) is lengthy and not worth the risk for most people.  It ranges from gastrointestinal irritation to death.  Fortunately, there are many foods that contain salicylates or salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient in aspirin.

Before you pop that pill, consider the many fruits, vegetables, and herbs that contain natural aspirin:


Apples
Avocados
Blueberries
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cherries
Chili peppers
Cucumbers
Currants (including dried currants)
Dates
Eggplant
Figs
Grapefruit
Grapes
Kiwi
Licorice (the herb, not the candy)
Meadowsweet (an herb)
Paprika
Peaches
Plums and prunes
Radishes
Raspberries
Spinach
Strawberries
Turmeric (the spice)
Willow bark
Zucchini

9 comments:

  1. How much of what would you have to eat to equal an 81 mg tablet?

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    1. Good question. I eat all those things, and they don't help my pain. Maybe I should eat more!!

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  2. How much is present in a given quantity of an herb? Do the herbs produce side effects themselves? Have the herbs been grown in soil that does not contain heavy metals? There are a lot questions that should be addressed before encouraging people to use herbs. For instance, those taking Statin drugs for cholesterol should avoid grapefruit because it negates the operation of the drug, the drug builds up in the body and can cause severe complications; warnings are usually posted on the label of the Statin drugs.

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  3. That's funny. Are you undercover Pharma?

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  4. What twaddle. When you have a headache you want to take a pill, not eat the tonnage of veges needed to get the dose of aspirin you need. Tablets made from naturally sourced aspirin would be prohibitively expensive for the unwell.

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  5. This is also a great list for those who are sensitive to salicylates. I get very sick if I eat too many salicylates, and have severe allergic reactions to these foods. Thank you for this list.

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    1. Cooking these foods can help to negate the allergic reaction. My daughter is allergic to many of them in the uncooked form, but not if they are cooked. She is also allergic to NSAIDS.

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  6. Where is this information documented? What studies can you reference?

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