I’ll admit it. Most of the time I love being right.
But the truth is, sometimes I wouldn’t mind being wrong, either. And this is one of those times.
For nearly a decade now, the medical mainstream has preached the aspirin a day gospel. It will improve blood circulation and slash your risk for heart attack and stroke they told us.
Most doctors quickly fell in line. They began advising all their patients to start popping a low-dose aspirin daily “to be on the safe side.”
But we’ve been raising the red flag for years now. Warning that for some folks, this practice could come with far more harms than benefits.
And that for older folks the risks may be even higher.
Side effects linked to regular aspirin use
Blind decisions are never a good idea.
And making a blanket decision that all folks of a certain age should start taking a drug with known side effects is a disaster waiting to happen.
A few of the potential problems popping a daily aspirin could cause include
- stomach bleeding
- major bleeding
- hearing loss
But the benefits of daily low-dose aspirin still outweigh the possible side effects they assured us.
Except a new study has confirmed precisely what we’ve been afraid of all along.
Daily low-dose aspirin could be dangerous
In fact, in healthy adults, a daily low-dose aspirin could be causing more problems than it solves.
The 5-year study included more than 19,000 seniors in two countries. Half the group received low-dose aspirin. The other half swallowed placebos instead.
In the group taking the aspirin, the drug did NOT reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia, or chronic physical disability.
It DID increase, however, the risk of internal bleeding in the brain and digestive tract. In some cases, the hemorrhaging was so severe folks had to be hospitalized to stop the blood loss.
But that wasn’t even the worst finding. FAR from it.
Even the experts were floored when the new research revealed an INCREASE in death rates in the volunteers taking low-dose aspirin… especially from cancer.
In other words, the effort to keep people healthy with aspirin could actually be contributing to MORE deaths.
And while we need more research to be completed to clarify the link, there’s already plenty to be concerned about.
This next part is critical, however.
If you’re currently taking a daily aspirin, DON’T STOP!
Dropping it cold turkey can cause problems of its own. Instead, make an appointment with your doctor. He can help you wean yourself off the aspirin safely.
4 foods to improve circulation
In the meantime, if you’re looking for other safer, drug–free ways to boost your blood circulation the following four foods could help.
It turns out that morning jolt of caffeine won’t just wake you up. It literally gets your blood flowing too.
A study cited by the American Heart Association found having a coffee habit of up to three cups per day lowered the risk of death from cardiovascular issues, stroke, and even diabetes.
2. Dark chocolate:
This next one may be my favorite way to jumpstart my circulation.
Nibbling on a small amount of delicious dark chocolate helps your body process nitric oxide, boosting blood flow and protecting your entire cardiovascular system. And, since it’s an excellent source of antioxidants, it powers up your overall health, as well.
The key is to choose chocolate that’s at least 72 percent cocoa or higher.
3. Maca root:
Maca root is still relatively new to the scene here in the United States. But in other parts of the world, it’s regularly used to boost circulation.
Loaded with healthy fatty acids, it can keep your blood flowing. Plus the potent herb can help reduce the kind of systemic inflammation that damages your heart, brain, and overall health. Try mixing some maca-root powder into your morning smoothie or dinnertime stew.
4. Pumpkin seeds:
Crunchy and delicious pumpkin seeds can help boost your circulation too. They’re an excellent source of vitamin E. Which means they can help keep your blood from getting sticky, reducing your risk for dangerous clots.
Plus they’re also rich in acetyl-l-carnitine, a compound that supports your heart muscle to keep blood flowing.
If you aren’t currently taking a daily low-dose aspirin, be sure to weigh ALL your potential risks and rewards before agreeing to start. Safer circulation boosters may be a better choice to improve your blood flow.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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