It’s like some weird new right-of-passage.
It usually happens around the time you approach middle age. Suddenly doctors start pressuring you to pop a daily aspirin.
“It’s for your HEART health,” they will insist.
And since they’re the experts, most of us listen.
In fact, estimates are that around 41 million folks… and nearly half of all older Americans… have been bullied into taking a regular aspirin.
The medical mainstream swears it will help “prevent heart disease.” And that it can save your life by slashing your risk for a heart attack or stroke.
All that from one small, inexpensive pill? It sounds like a miracle drug.
Too bad it’s bogus. A growing stack of research has found aspirin does next to nothing for heart health. And there’s nearly zero evidence that it saves lives.
But even worse, the HARM it could be doing far outweighs any potential benefits.
Aspirin sent bleeding risk SOARING
A new meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently revealed just HOW dangerous the aspirin a day habit could be.
The analysis dug into the data for 13 trials involving over 164,000 heart-healthy folks taking a daily aspirin. And what they found was shocking.
Major bleeding events shot through the roof. Bleeds in the brain and digestive tract skyrocketed by 43 percent compared to folks not taking the pills.
Which means nearly one in every 200 people taking a daily aspirin could experience dangerous… or even deadly… bleeding.
So what about those benefits? Well, they’re nearly non-existent.
Two hundred and fifty folks would have to swallow an aspirin every day for FIVE YEARS to prevent a SINGLE heart attack or stroke.
In fact, the risk of severe bleeding is so high and the potential rewards so low the writing is on the wall. It’s time to STOP pushing a daily aspirin on folks who don’t have heart disease.
5 aspirin-free solutions to support your heart
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen evidence that aspirin can do more harm than good.
In other studies, healthy seniors taking an aspirin a day were found to be at a much higher risk for severe bleeding and death. And at the same time, the drug didn’t reduce disabilities or deaths.
In other words, popping an aspirin a day to prevent heart problems or death has been a dismal failure.
If you’re interested in lowering your risk for heart disease, consider a natural supplement, instead…
This popular spice is also a natural blood thinner. Which makes it a good alternative to aspirin. Use fresh garlic to spice up your meals and support your heart. Want the benefits without the smell? Try odorless garlic capsules.
This compound, found naturally in pineapples, can help gently thin your blood without triggering dangerous bleeding. Plus, it’s a natural anti-inflammatory. Which means it can help soothe the systemic inflammation that contributes to heart disease.
This delicious spice supports your heart in two different ways. It fights inflammation and helps thin your blood. Try sprinkling some on your morning coffee or tea.
Coenzyme Q10, is a powerful antioxidant your body requires for healthy cell function. Your system makes plenty on its own when you’re young. But CoQ10 production slows down as you age. Plus, common medications deplete your levels as well. A supplement can help give your heart the energy boost it needs.
L-carnitine and L-arginine:
This amino acid tag team can help protect your heart from oxidative stress while helping to reduce high blood pressure, and boost blood flow.
If you’re still popping a daily aspirin talk to your doctor TODAY about the bleeding risks. And ask for help weaning yourself OFF these drugs for good.
“Lead author, Dr Sean Zheng, Academic Clinical Fellow in Cardiology at King’s College London said: “This study demonstrates that there is insufficient evidence to recommend routine aspirin use in the prevention of heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths in people without cardiovascular disease.
“There has been more uncertainty surrounding what should be done in patients who are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and in patients with diabetes. This study shows that while cardiovascular events may be reduced in these patients, these benefits are matched by an increased risk of major bleeding events.
“Aspirin use requires discussion between the patient and their physician, with the knowledge that any small potential cardiovascular benefits are weighed up against the real risk of severe bleeding.”
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