Aspirin’s heart benefits are negligible, but its risks aren’t

If you’re confused about aspirin, join the club.

Over the years, we’ve been told all sorts of things about this “wonder” drug. Sometimes I think they’ll start telling us it prevents tooth decay and fixes ingrown toenails, too!

The latest aspirin hype to hit the airwaves is a variation on the theme of how the drug can prevent different kinds of cancers.

But any benefits that you may get from taking aspirin every day pale in comparison to the risks.

Because despite how easy-to-get and innocent those little tablets look, they come with some very big dangers.

And that’s especially true if you’re over a certain age.

Not what the doctor ordered

This whole aspirin issue is enough to give you a headache!

For the longest time, we’ve been told that taking a daily baby aspirin is the simplest thing you can do to protect your heart.

Now, a new study out of the University of Florida has done its part to shoot that myth full of holes. The researchers found that for anyone with narrowed arteries due to plaque buildup — a type of hardening of the arteries called atherosclerosis — taking an aspirin a day was as heart-helpful as popping a Tic Tac.

The only benefits the researchers found, after crunching the data of over 33,000 patients, were a couple tenths of a percentage point on the side of aspirin for those with atherosclerosis who had previously suffered a heart attack or stroke.

But the most telling part of this study came from how the author, Dr. Anthony Bavry, summarized his findings. He said that his research may “spare” lots of patients from taking daily aspirin. And that would be “doing a good thing.”

Wow, that’s saying a lot. Because if we followed mainstream advice on this, a daily aspirin would appear to be as necessary for good health as eating your veggies!

Even the FDA had to back down a couple of years ago, saying there isn’t any proof popping a baby aspirin daily will help your heart — especially if you haven’t had a heart attack or stroke.

But according to the latest aspirin hype, what’s in that aspirin bottle isn’t just good for our hearts — it will help prevent several deadly cancers.

To come up with that benefit, study participants had to take a low-dose baby aspirin (81 mg) daily for six years! And the researchers said that in return, the patients got an overall 7- to 11-percent reduced risk of dying from cancer, with the biggest benefits found in lowering the risk of colon cancer.

Sounds good, right?

But here’s what else can accompany taking a daily aspirin:

  • Aspirin is basically a blood thinner, so it makes perfect sense that one of the big risks involved has to do with bleeding. Studies have found that even a low-dose version can practically double your chances of a GI hemorrhage.
  • Regular aspirin use can significantly up your risk of a whole host of gastrointestinal illnesses — including Crohn’s disease, IBD, and gastric ulcers.
  • An aspirin a day can also make you more prone to cataracts and hearing loss, and it can increase your chances of having a stroke due to a burst blood vessel.

And if you’re over 70, you should stay as far away from aspirin as you would from poison ivy.

Even the aspirin lovers at the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force have gone on record saying that taking aspirin can put people in that age group at “significant” risk of a major bleed.

If you’re looking for an easy way to keep your heart healthy, there are many safe and natural things you can do. And they won’t put your brain, your stomach, or even your life in jeopardy.

For example, I recently told you how modest amounts of resveratrol can reduce arteriosclerosis (a stiffening of the artery walls) in those with diabetes. The compound was also found to help fight inflammation in COPD patients.

CoQ10 is another important heart supplement, one that is absolutely necessary to take if you’re on a statin, as those drugs zap your body’s CoQ10 levels. And it’s equally important to make sure you’re getting enough of the mineral magnesium, which is essential to keeping your ticker ticking!

“An aspirin a day won’t keep the doctor at bay — or heart attacks for that matter!” Gemma Mullin, Jun 6, 2017, The Sun, thesun.co.uk