Research Roundup

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 vegetables—particularly berries. Another reason, say the researchers, to eat more fruits and vegetables.

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