The essential component of aspirin is a substance called salicylic acid (SA). It gives the over-the-counter medicine its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving abilities. But can the human body produce SA on its own and safely and naturally ward off everyday aches and pains? Experts think so.
The American Chemical Society reported that higher levels of SA were found in patients who consumed large amounts of fruits and vegetables. And vegetarians who consumed high amounts of fruits and veggies showed much higher levels of SA in recent blood tests.
This is good news for those of you who want to avoid the risks associated with aspirin such as clot-related stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, allergic reaction and hearing loss. Instead, enjoy a bounty of apples, oranges, pears, broccoli, carrots or spinach, and experience relief from your pains, too.