November 1998 Issue
Help for Your Heart
Eating fruits and vegetables may boost blood levels of salicylic acid, the cardio-protective substance in aspirin. British researchers analyzed the blood of six people not taking salicylate-containing drugs or remedies like aspirin or mouthwash. They found salicylic acid and two related compounds present in blood, presumably from dietary sources. Salicylates are found in most fruits and vegetablesparticularly berries. Another reason, say the researchers, to eat more fruits and vegetables.
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