VITAMIN S #FACTS APR. 1, 2018. Many chronic disease processes involve inflammation, including our top three killers—heart disease, cancer, and stroke—so doctors prescribe a daily #aspirin to those for whom the benefits are thought to outweigh the risks. About 1 in 10 people on chronic low-dose aspirin develop stomach or intestinal ulcers, which in rare cases can perforate the gut and cause life-threatening bleeding. Aspirin Levels in Plant Foods suggests that the low levels of #salicylicacid in #fruits , #vegetables , and herbs and spices may provide the best of both worlds.
An update was published on the intriguing suggestion that low levels of salicylic acid—the active component in aspirin—naturally found in plant foods may in part explain the #health benefits of a plant-based diet. Some scientists go as far as to suggest those who don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables may be suffering from “salicylic acid deficiency,” a condition with “important public health implications.” Others even propose reclassifying it as an essential micronutrient, “Vitamin S.” The way aspirin and salicylic acid work is by helping our body keep inflammation in check by reducing the assembly of the enzyme responsible for producing inflammatory compounds from something called arachidonic acid, an omega-6 #fattyacid that both we and other animals make. Arachidonic acid is like cholesterol, in that our bodies make all we need for optimal function. The problem is that so do the bodies of birds and mammals, and so when we consume those other animals the level of arachidonic acid in our blood may climb too high.
For example, inflammation in our brain caused by dietary arachidonic acid may explain why those #eating plant-based #diets appear less stressed and depressed and why eliminating chicken, fish, and #eggs may improve symptoms of mood disturbance, depression, and #anxiety within two weeks. #Arachidonicacid may also play a role in cancer, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders #NINFONETWORK #FOODNINFO #BUZZFEED #HUFFPOSTGRAM #TRUECOOKS #NYC #REGGAE #BABYCHAM #JAMAICA #KINSTON #FOODNETWORK #FOODANDWINE #LONDON #DAILYMAIL #VYBZKARTEL