The FDA is now reporting that aspirin use raises serious health risks like bleeding in the brain and internal bleeding of the stomach. The agency stated that aspirin may benefit those who have already had a stroke but said they did not support the drug’s use for preventing a heart attack or stroke.
Germany-based Bayer AG had recently requested to label aspirin as “heart attack prevention.” The FDA denied the request, citing that the pills cause more damage for those who have not suffered from a cardiovascular event.
The FDA based their decision on a Scottish study showing that aspirin did not prevent heart attacks or strokes in people who ran a high risk of having heart disease. Published in 2010 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study reported that high-risk participants had about the same number of heart attacks and strokes as those on a placebo pill.
Trying to protect the reputation of their commonly consumed aspirin pills, Bayer spokeswoman Anne Coiley said, “Importantly, the ruling does not impact the numerous cardiovascular indications for which aspirin is already approved by the FDA.”
A lack of substantial evidence showing aspirin’s heart disease prevention, coupled with its internal bleeding side effects, makes a person wonder if aspirin is safe or even effective at all. Are aspirin’s astronomical sales ($1.27 billion yearly) driven by misleading advertising and placebo-deceived minds?
Furthermore, when aspirin is matched up against specific berries, herbs, and roots, it begins to look like junk science. Here are five foods that make aspirin seem fake and ineffective.
Five herbs, roots and berries that provide real heart disease prevention.
In this study, published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2006, garlic was found to be effective for treating patients with coronary artery calcification. Garlic showed incremental benefits for all participants in the pilot study, reducing hardened arteries, slowly but surely. Garlic can be added to most dishes or blended into salsa for daily supplementation.
Beetroot and hawthorn berry
A study from the University of Texas and Neogenis Laboratories found that the combination of beetroot and hawthorn berry work together in synergy to improve nitric oxide levels in the body. Nitric oxide acts as a vasodilator, relaxing the blood vessels to prevent stroke and heart disease. Compared to a placebo, the beetroot and hawthorn supplement showed increases in participants’ nitric oxide levels. Beet and hawthorn can be added to one’s daily smoothy or juicing regime.
Turmeric and laurel leaf
Bringing inflammation down in the body through turmeric consumption is a safer strategy than popping a gut-wrenching, blood-letting aspirin pill. Turmeric doesn’t cause stomach bleeding; in fact, it cleans the blood of impurities, blessing the body, not cursing it. In this study, turmeric and laurel leaf both prevented hardening of the arteries. In the study, zebra fish on a high-cholesterol diet began to show signs of atherosclerosis. When given extracts of turmeric and laurel leaf, researchers noticed high antioxidant powers going to work to prevent apolipoprotein A-I glycation and LDL phagocytosis, and inhibit cholesteryl ester transfer protein. Tumeric and laurel can be taken as an oral supplement or used in cooking dishes.
Aspirin used as “blanket therapy” for too long
Aspirin has become an over-the-counter “blanket therapy” through the years, easily recommended for unnecessary circumstances. The new FDA warning statement on aspirin may help patients start asking questions and may prevent many from clinging to over-the-counter pills for temporary relief and false prevention.
“It’s a useful statement to warn people that aspirin is not a blanket therapy,” said Allen Taylor, professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine. “It’s not innocuous.”
With no evidence supporting its preventive measures, aspirin is basically just a crutch in a quick-fix society. As it damages the stomach lining over time, causing internal bleeding, there is really no reason to reach for the pill, especially when a whole-food, heart-healthy, pain-relieving diet is within reach.