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The Foods with the Highest Aspirin Content

The results of a recent aspirin meta-analyses suggesting a reduction of cancer mortality by about one-third in subjects taking daily low-dose aspirin “can justly be called astounding.” Yet the protection from “Western” cancers enjoyed by those eating more traditional plant-centered diets, such as the Japanese, “is even more dramatic.” I examine this in my video Plants with Aspirin Aspirations.

Before the Westernization of their diets, animal products made up only about 5 percent or less of the Japanese diet. At 0:37 in my video, you can see the difference in cancer mortality of U.S. men and women compared with Japanese men and women. “[A]ge-adjusted death rates from cancers of the colon, prostate, breast, and ovary were on the order of 5–10-fold lower in Japan than in the US at that time; mortality from pancreatic cancer, leukemias, and lymphomas was 3–4-fold lower in Japan. But this phenomenon was by no means isolated to Japan; Western cancers were likewise comparatively rare in other societies where “people ate plant-based diets.”

“The cancer protection afforded by lifelong consumption of a plant-based diet, in conjunction with leanness and insulin sensitivity (which tend to be promoted by low-fat plant-based diets)…may be very substantial indeed.” Therefore, a “lifestyle protocol for minimizing cancer risk” may include a whole-food plant-based diet.

If part of this cancer protection arises out of the aspirin phytonutrients in plants, are there any plants in particular that are packed with salicylates? Though salicylic acid, the main active ingredient in aspirin, is “ubiquitously present in fruits and vegetables,” the highest concentrations are found in herbs and spices.

Red chili powder, paprika, and turmeric contain a lot of salicylates, but cumin is about 1 percent aspirin by weight. Eating a teaspoon of cumin is like taking a baby aspirin. (See the table at 1:54 in my video for details on other herbs and spices, and their salicylate content.) “Consequently, populations that incorporate substantial amounts of spices in foods may have markedly higher daily intakes of salicylates. Indeed, it has been suggested that the low incidence of colorectal cancer among Indian populations may be ascribed in part to high exposure to dietary salicylates throughout life from spice consumption.”

“The population of rural India, with an incidence of colorectal cancer which is one of the lowest in the world, has a diet that could be extremely rich in salicylic acid. It contains substantial amounts of fruits, vegetables, and cereals flavored with large quantities of herbs and spices.” Some have proposed it’s the curcumin in the spice turmeric (which I discuss in detail in my video Turmeric Curcumin and Colon Cancer), but it may be the salicylic acid in cumin—and the spicier the better.

A spicy vegetable vindaloo may have four times the salicylates of a milder Madras-style veggie dish. As you can see from the chart at 2:55 in my video, after just one meal, we get an aspirin spike in our bloodstream like we just took an aspirin. So, eating flavor-filled vegetarian meals, with herbs and spices, may be more chemoprotective—that is, more protective against cancer—than regular, blander vegetarian meals.

We may also want to eat organic produce. “Because salicylic acid is a defense hormone of plants, the concentration…is increased when plants become stressed,” like when they are bitten by bugs (unlike pesticide-laden plants). Indeed, soups made from organic vegetables were found to have nearly six times more salicylic acid than soups prepared from conventionally grown ingredients.

We should also choose whole foods. Whole-grain breads, which are high in salicylic acid, contain about 100 times more phytochemicals than white bread: 800 phytochemicals compared to 8.

“Interest in the potential beneficial effects of dietary salicylates has arisen, in part, because of the extensive literature on the disease-preventative effects of Aspirin™. However, it should not be forgotten that plant products found to contain salicylic acid are generally rich sources of other phenolic acids…[and many] also have a marked anti-inflammatory and redox-related bioactivity [that is, antioxidant activity] in mammalian cells. Their potential protective effects should not be overlooked. In this context, the importance of dietary salicylic acid should not perhaps be over emphasised…Indeed, some believe that ‘salicylic acid deficiency’ has important public health implications and that it should be classed as an essential vitamin, namely ‘Vitamin S’.”

What they’re saying is that we should all eat a lot of plants.


If you missed the first two videos in this series, see Should We All Take Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease? and Should We All Take Aspirin to Prevent Cancer?.

The drug-like anti-inflammatory power of certain plant foods may make them a risky proposition during pregnancy. See Caution: Anti-Inflammatory Foods in the Third Trimester.

Herbs and spices not only have some of the most anti-inflammatory properties, but they also are well-rounded protectants. See:

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.


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  1. Salicylites cause my face to swell and get hot. How can a food that is supposed to reduce inflammation create it instead and what do I do to heal this?

    1. Jen,

      Is it all salicylites?

      Meaning, you can’t eat cumin or turmeric or garam masala or cardamom or mint or golden milk?

      Or are you allergic to one of them?

      1. The lists online give a very large food list of foods considered high in salicylates

        In the fruit category, they list: things like apples, avocados, blueberries, dates, kiwi fruit, peaches, raspberries, figs, grapes, plums, strawberries, cherries, grapefruit, and prunes

        In the vegetable list, they list things like alfalfa, cauliflower, cucumbers, mushrooms, radishes, broad beans, eggplant, spinach, zucchini, broccoli, and hot peppers

        Some cheeses

        In the herb list, adding to the ones given, they add tomato pastes and sauces, vinegar, and soy sauce, jams, and jellies

        Under nuts, they list pine nuts, peanuts, pistachios, and almonds

        They add in drinks such as coffee, wine, beer, orange juice, apple cider, regular and herbal tea, rum, and sherry

        For candy and desserts, they list, such as peppermints, licorice, and mint-flavored gum and breath mints and things like Ice cream, gelatin

        That is a pretty long list.

        1. Thanks for the list. As a toddler my daughter was prescribed a low salicylic diet in an attempt to prevent the giant hives she would suffer with for a few days. We finally determined that preservatives and food colorings seemed to trigger the hives and less calm behavior

  2. The part of the list that was the most fascinating is that garlic only has 1 mg.

    Rounded numbers

    Cumin 450
    Turmeric 392
    Garam Masala 340
    Cardamom 173.50
    Tamarind 96
    Fenugreek 62
    Mint 54
    Cloves 41
    Ginger 35
    Black Pepper 34
    Thyme 29
    Paprika 28
    Nutmeg 26
    Oregano 26
    Curry Powder 15
    Fennel 14
    Chili Powder 13
    Garlic 1
    Honey less than 1

    I am not listing Asafoetida out of principle. Well, mostly because I have never seen it in any store ever and unless you can convince me that you have used it and tell me what it tastes like, well, I just have never ever ever ever ever heard of it and when I looked it up, it said: Asafoetida is a plant that has a bad smell and tastes bitter. It is sometimes called “devil’s dung.

    Now, who put devil’s dung on the list?!?!?!

    There are a lot of other spices.

      1. Laughing.

        Yeah, I just thought it was pretty worthless when they left out things like mace and rosemary and cinnamon and a whole bunch of things that they do sell at stores.

        It might have been a little bit that I made a judgment call that it was going to take me time to retrieve all of the data and get it over to this page and the first item on the list was one I didn’t see as worth my effort.

        1. If anybody at all uses it, I would be interested in what they use it in and where they get it.

          I can find things like dandelion greens places, but I have never seen that.

          1. I use asafoetida often It iis commonly found in Indian cookbooks in recipes for legumes. It is one of those flavors Or fragrances that are unpleasant at high concentrations, but pleasant at lower concentrations. (Other examples include Turmeric and ambergris). My mother taught me to put a pinch of asafoetida in a pot of dhal, I still do so.

        2. Asafoetida is used a lot in Indian food. Leaving things off the list because you are unfamiliar with it doesn’t help others who may also have salicylate reactions and who do use it.

      2. Asafoetida is used in Indian cooking, and when added to dishes containing cauliflower for example, can help in digestion. It also has somewhat of an onion flavor when cooked. I use it semi-regularly for dishes like aloo gobi.
        https://draxe.com/nutrition/asafoetida/ There are medicinal uses for it as well.

        Maybe there will be something left over in the budget this year for a forum moderator?

        1. Maybe there will be something left over in the budget this year for a forum moderator?
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          Barb, to me a moderator is in place to keep the peace… is there something on the forum that needs moderation in your view? Please explain.

          1. Lonie,

            Moderators answer questions. We have good moderators on this site. Plus, Dr. Greger answers questions in the Q&A’s and in his long format.

            I don’t think they would have a budget for an official moderator.

            He mentioned that just access to the site for studies is $50,000.

            Not to mention keeping a website up and the fact that there are 12 or 13 staff members and videos get made, etc.

            1. We have good moderators on this site.
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              That was my thinking as well in re: “Moderators answer questions.”

              I was just questioning why Barb thought we needed a full time paid moderator?

              1. I don’t know what Barb is looking for.

                I just know that there is a cost/benefit ratio and they have to figure out what they would gain versus what they spend.

                The moderators do show up and give good answers and the other people on the site are also adding to those conversations and one more voice might gain something but maybe not.

                The conflict on the site has stopped. Half the topics used to be knock-down-drag-out fights. Hundreds of arguments just on dairy. Now it is already just a shorthand of a few people.

                Reality Bites would like it if a moderator would come and micromanage all of the comments and make sure everybody would stay on topic, but most of the absolutely most passionate, faithful, useful to the conversation people on the site do go off topic and add so much new that it would be a real shame if that happened.

                1. “… would like it if a moderator would come and micromanage all of the comments and make sure everybody would stay on topic, but most of the absolutely most passionate, faithful, useful to the conversation people on the site do go off topic and add so much new that it would be a real shame if that happened.”
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                  I completely agree. I’ve often wondered why the topic of the day left more things up in the air rather than being more encompassing.

                  I think that may be by design in order to create more discussion, leading to more varied cinemascope type answers and thus more information dispersed.

                  Staying on topic just leads to shorter comments discussion.

                  1. I agree, Lonie.

                    Also, what I would call “controlling moderation” where there is a moderator who analyzes every sentence and makes qualitative decisions would be very time-consuming and would also stifle conversation and would end up with “enemies of NF” out there like the vegans who rebel and become carnivores and you know it is because they are trying to come against the leaders.

                    The fact that the moderators are all doctors and he would have to decide which one to pay and that already could get messy and he could lose the rest of them and maybe offend somebody in that mess, too.

                    Going back to how many people are crying out for it, a few people would like it very much.

                    Many, many, many more have cried out against the software format of the video series where Dr. Greger swings across the screen with the article the audience is trying to read tucked neatly behind his shoulder.

                    1. I think the biggest “bang for Dr. Greger’s buck” would be

                      Change the video format

                      And pay someone to sit next to him when he starts reading too fast or when his reading gets too affected, which already does not happen in the documentaries or Q&A’s or interviews, so he is almost there with that.

                      A few people wanted him to not read his own book, but more than one of those said that he read “How Not to Die” well, so I think it is just someone with a sign saying, “Slow down and talk natural” would do.

                      It seems like those are the two topics people have been railing about.

                1. Well Lonie with all due respect and speaking only for myself I could have used a less reckless answer than the one you provided.
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                  Lucy, I’ve reviewed the answers in the conversation between Deb and myself and could find nothing that seemed reckless or even wreckless in any of them.

                  I do remember replying to one of your questions so maybe you posted in the wrong thread? To wit:

                  “Lucy, I understand when one is not well-versed in health matters to follow “Doctors Orders.”

                  But your being here suggests you are becoming well versed in other avenues to good health so it is permissible (especially in this case due to aspirin not qualifying as a “Do no harm” approach) to ignore the prescribed aspirin regimen and go for the foods or even the white willow bark substitute.”

                  If that post was the one meant for your intended reply, I personally see nothing reckless about suggesting one avoid taking aspirin as that seems to be the theme of D R Greger’s videos and blog posts.

                  Apoligies if my response touched a sensitive spot… it was meant to be helpful and healthful.

                  1. Lonie,

                    I think you have gotten better and better as a commenter. You really bless me all the time and I mean it. I know that you aren’t a doctor but people can’t expect every non-doctor on this site to line up with their doctor’s advice. People will have discussions and our thoughts will not all line-up but I know that you sincerely come here every day and that you participate and you are not a rabble-rouser. You have gotten more respectful of Dr. Greger and I appreciate that, too.

                    Lucy, This comment section does have moderators and they may show up and give you medical answers or may agree with your doctor. They are doctors and hopefully also represent Dr. Greger and your posting your comment here may also cause Dr Greger to take on the topic if it is discussed here and if there is research out there and if you listened to today’s Q&A, he would even take on a meat topic if the one brought up hadn’t been aan old wive’s tail.

                    1. Lucy,

                      I think you were looking for medical advice rather than discussion and Dr Greger doesn’t treat patients and neither do the moderators.

                      Dr Greger will put topics on a list and look at the research, but this community is more about discussions and friendly debates about concepts rather than a space for medical advice.

                      If you came the keto week, people talked about getting most of their calories from butter, but they were lay people following different types of doctors.

                      That is part of the internet experience.

                      This site will give ideas and maybe links to studies and maybe debates and maybe other people’s experiences, but Reality Bites would tell you that there is no guarantee that anything on the internet is real.

                      The videos and blogs and Webinars and Q&A’s and frequently asked questions are where you can hear from Dr Greger and the moderators and people, like Tom, might post PubMed studies.

                      Other than the official information, the rest is mostly lay people and you can’t expect professional medical standards from lay people.

                    2. and the moderators and people, like Tom, might post PubMed studies.
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                      Tom may be off line for awhile… I just saw where a typhoon hit Central Phillipines hard, so it may be awhile before Internet is restored.

                    3. You have gotten more respectful of Dr. Greger and I appreciate that, too.
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                      Indeed, much respect for D R Greger… especially for his organization-building skills.

                      When one looks at NF.o as a “business” of sorts, one can’t help but marvel at the length and breadth of it. And of course, when something gets big there has to be a delegation of authority to keep it running smoothly.

                      I wouldn’t be surprised to learn there is a large research dept finding fodder for (pardon the alliteration ‘-) the videos. I’m sure the D R reads any research such a unit may come up with and maybe even writes the script for the videos, although he could be excused for delegating that as well. His position dictates he be the face of the franchise and give talks, interviews… you know, public things.

                      So while I sometimes disagree with the message, I no longer hold the good D R responsible.

                      Besides, even if the message is wrong in some cases, the greater good is still being served by the parts that are right. ‘-)

        2. Thanks for the information, Barb.

          So, I am guessing I have to look in the Indian section. I have looked at things in that section, but might have missed it.

      1. Thanks, John.

        Laughing.

        I like your use of the word “relationship.”

        Asafoetida and I have an “I would have to fly by night to have a relationship” relationship.

    1. I had Asafoetida powder today in my breakfast scramble, using tofu and broccoli. It is a beige color, and it smells and taste like onion. Since I cannot use onion or garlic because they activate pepsin, I use it in place of onion powder, I use Sumac powder in place of garlic and it is bright red.

    2. For people who do yoga and follow its philosophy, the Indian Yogis state that onion and garlic should be avoided. And they wholly support using the spices listed on Dr. G’s lecture. So as a “student” of yoga and Dr. G, I am a bit confused.

    3. I use asafoetida regularly in daal (Indian lentil soup). It is used in tiny amounts – a pinch for four servings, generally added at the time of “tadka” or “vaghaar” (the term in two Indian languages for the popping of the mustard seeds in heated oil). It is sold in tiny cylindrical containers – imagine a stack of six American quarters. The powder is light brown in color. Its aroma can seem intense to some folks – hence the irreverent description you quoted. It is sold in all Indian grocery stores, sometimes on the shelves, but more often, from the Customer Service desk or even from each checkout counter. Asking for it by its Indian name, “Hing”, may lead to greater success. Happy cooking.

  3. My question is if you do have to take a baby aspirin daily and you eat many of these foods do you then get an overload of salicylic acid that could be harmful?

    1. My question is if you do have to take a baby aspirin daily…
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      Lucy, I understand when one is not well-versed in health matters to follow “Doctors Orders.”

      But your being here suggests you are becoming well versed in other avenues to good health so it is permissible (especially in this case due to aspirin not qualifying as a “Do no harm” approach) to ignore the prescribed aspirin regimen and go for the foods or even the white willow bark substitute.

    2. Lucy

      I don’t think anybody knows the answer to your question because, to my knowledge, nobody has ever done such studies.

      However, I am not aware of any evidence of harm from consuming large amounts of varied fruits and vegetables etc, even in the context of regular aspirin use. It may also be relevant that the salicylic acid in aspirin, unlike in food, is acetylated (as well of course as being highly concentrated). This may affect risk.

      This extract from a journal article may make things clearer

      ‘Current clinical data are most supportive of a 75mg daily dose of Aspirin74 (equivalent to 66 mg salicylic acid), which is readily available from pharmacies and retail outlets in the UK. Larger doses may be required to obtain significant anticancer effects, although a recent population study75 showed for the first time that doses of around 100 mg day1 may confer some protection. This does not preclude the possibility that the sustained lower intakes achievable by the regular consumption of
      salicylate-rich diets may also have a disease-preventative activity.
      However, to date, no double-blind randomised controlled trials using doses of 5–10mg salicylic acid have been conducted in support of the hypothesis that dietary salicylates have long term health benefits. It should also be pointed out that even with therapeutic doses of acetylated salicylic acid of 75mg day1, there is a peptic ulcer incidence of 5–10% over 3–6 months of usage,a bleeding complication rate of 0.5–2.0 per 100 patient years and a mortality rate of ulcer complications of about 5% of those who have been admitted to hospital due to ulcer bleeding.76 It is likely that the risk of GI toxicity from salicylate levels in food is low, but as a note of caution, Aspirin intakes as low as 10mg day1 are reported to produce demonstrable gastric damage in humans.77’
      https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2011/FO/c1fo10128e#!divAbstract

      I am not aware that salicylic acid intake from food equivalent to that from 10mg aspirin produces gastric damage which suggests either that the action is different or cofactors found in food modulate risk.

      In my purely personal opinion. upping your intake of SA containing whole plant foods would decrease your cancer risk and would be unlikely to increase risk of gastric damage. However, it would be best to discuss your concerns with your doctor. Especially since I am a completely untrained and unqualified layperson!

      1. Mr. Fumblefingers,
        Thanks for respecting my question and not summarily dismissing it. I was NOT seeking medical advice as Deb suggested. My question seemed apropos of the blog content insofar as I wondered if it was possible to get an overload of salicylates. You have provided me with some interesting information to mull over and I do appreciate it. I suspect when Dr. Greger was practicing medicine he, too, may have prescribed aspirin as needed for specific medical situations. Cheers to you!

        1. Hi Lucy,

          In response to your question about the possibility of an overload of salicylates.the short answer is yes.

          When my adult daughter almost died 2 years ago, the doctor that finally diagnosed her AERD, told her to look at it as thought she had a bucket, and every time she ate things containing salicylates it added to the bucket until it overflowed, and she ended up in the hospital. It was so bad at that point that the doctor told her outright that if she continued the way she was that they would be unable to save her the next time she had a sever asthma attack. She is a single mother of two autistic boys, so she took the advice very seriously and did her own research as well as restricting what she ate. She has not had another attack since that last hospital stay, has had surgery to remove all the polyps (completely blocked nasal passages), and not needed to take her Ventolin at all in that time. She does have a regiment that the doctor put her on after the surgery and he has been the best at explaining how to deal with the symptoms, but no one here understands the salicylate thing and she is quite happy to have figured out what works for her. By avoiding those foods that are high in salicylates, she helps her bucket to empty. But she is very restricted with her eating since her reactions are so severe. She just recently had huge hives all over her legs form a change in laundry detergent and it only took 5 minutes of having her leggings on to feel the burn and get them off. It’s not just in food.

          I support a plant based diet, but for some people, it just doesn’t work.

  4. This has me confused. November 2017 I went into spontaneous afib. I’ve been vegan & gluten free for years before that. Per every test they have determined I have not been in afib since. I against my choice started on Eliquis in 11/17. My baby aspirin, nattokanase were removed because of an interaction. I was told by four cardiologists to stay on my vegan diet but limit Vit K foods. I eat a lot of vit K foods & take turmeric. None of my physicians are willing to take me off the Eliquis or advise what to eat or take. Any advice?

    1. Piper,
      I don’t understand why 4 cardiologists would advise you to limit vit K foods since Eliquis
      is non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC).

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4408611/

      My brother has had afib for more than 20 years and is on several meds and has done fine. However, his afib is now 24/7, having progressed from intermittent over the span of many years. He is on Eliquis but his cardio, who knows he’s on a WFP diet, did not tell him to limit vitamin K rich foods. Might be worth inquiring about.

      1. actually my brother might be on dabigatran (Pradaxa), there are several NOACs, but the same general question remains.

      2. I don’t understand why 4 cardiologists would advise you to limit vit K foods since Eliquis
        is non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC).
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        I don’t normally pay much attention to these things since I am drug free… but I vaguely remember a TV ad promoting Eliquis (I think) along with aspirin at the same time. Just struck me as odd that any drug would promote taking aspirin at the same time… or any time for that matter.

    2. Do you have any recognised medical reason for eating a gluten free diet, such as gluten intolerance?

      Gluten intolerance has been linked to afib.eg
      https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/article/32/19/2430/485144

      However gluten free diets themselves are often heart unhealthy
      ‘The reason health professionals don’t want to see people on gluten-free diets unless absolutely necessary is that for the 98% of people that don’t have gluten issues, whole grains—including the gluten grains wheat, barley and rye—are health promoting, linked to the reduced risk of coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases.’
      https://nutritionfacts.org/video/gluten-free-diets-separating-the-wheat-from-the-chat/

    1. Is there a printable version of these articles where we don’t have to print nine pages to print the article?
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      I don’t see a *print* button anywhere, but I suppose one could reduce the view down to a single page, hit *print screen* and just print that out… or, if like me you want to occasionally keep a video or blog post for reference, just save the link to it and let the NF.o server be your storage. ‘-)

      1. You can highlight the text, copy it to clipboard, paste into an editor and save. Doesn’t take long.

        Not sure how nutritionfacts.org feels about that though.

  5. Dr Greger;

    I have been waiting to see your update on cumin and aspiring so I could share my story with you and say thank you. It’s been about 2 and a 1/4 years since I have become WFPBNO and I never looked back.

    I had a benign brain tumour successfully removed in 2012. Later on I was (mis)diagnosed with a heart issue in 2017. While I was waiting for testing to occur for my heart, I decided to just go for the WFPBNO overnight. It was the one thing where I felt I had the ability and control to be able to do something for myself and for my health. I will note that I was eating what I thought to be a very healthy diet at the time full of lean chicken, boiled eggs, yogurt, vegetables, fruit, various dairy products, etc. I cooked home made meals and rarely ate sugar or processed foods. I was fit, lead a healthy lifestyle and worked out, as well. So this was very much unexpected. At the same time and before testing, the doctor told me I would have to take a baby aspirin for the rest of my life. I refused as the risks associated with taking it didn’t seem worth it to me. Especially with my previous brain issues. I was very protective of my brain and didn’t want to risk anything like bleeding. I also wasn’t convinced I had a heart problem.

    I had read a portion of your book about taking cumin and decided to take the plunge in a very informed manner. One of my best friend’s was a doctor living in another province and we discussed some of your sources at the time and the pros and cons of doing cumin versus aspirin. I went with the cumin option. After an EKG, EEG and stress test months later, it turned out there were no heart issues (she is happy and pumping along quite nicely and sends her regards) and my blood pressure, cholesterol, etc are all in excellent shape, as well. But I never stopped taking the cumin (and turmeric and pepper and the DHA and B12 and Vitamin Ds you recommended) and have made my own capsules for almost the last 2 years and take them daily. I don’t know if it changed where I was at the time of diagnosis or maybe I never had it and just got stronger. Either way. I was happy to not be chained to a prescription for the rest of my life. I am happy, healthy and strong. When I felt like I was at a low and scared, you were my beacon to show me the way and give me a tangible path to follow. The daily dozen was and continues to be a part of my every day life.

    Sending you my heartfelt (a pun for you as a bonus) thanks with much love and respect. Keep being awesome!

  6. Dr Greger Iam following WFPB diet for quite some time now and have great in aspects of good health. But unfortunately 20 years ago I injured my right knee I been told I Osto on this knee but in flares up some days but never lasts more than a few hours I walk everyday about 5 1/2 to 5 miles a day. But now for over five days it seems to be getting worse and to walk it causes sharpe pain till I get the leg still. Do you know what I can do to get back to my normal day I’m 78 yrs. old. What would you recommend. Thank you in advance.

    1. I don’t think that Dr Greger is able to provide individual medical advice (for legal and ethical reasons).

      Since this problem has lasted beyond a couple of days, you should really see your own doctor about it.

  7. How does this affect people with AERD (Aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease)? The standard of care is to desensitize to aspirin and then take an ongoing high dose of aspirin every day. Others with the condition choose to avoid high salicylate foods. Can someone theoretically desensitize through food?

  8. Thank you Dr. Greger! I was extremely happy to see this topic addressed on your web site. I eat plant based and follow the daily dozen, but eating that way almost killed my adult daughter who has AERD (Aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease) and explains a lot to me about the issues we had with her as a child. She was hospitalized frequently with asthma and sever hives and we could never really attribute it to anything. She has experimented with food avoidance and the most information that we have found on the topic of salicylates in foods is from Australia. I hope that there will be some kind of follow up of plants that are safe to eat when you have a severe salicylate intolerance. I firmly believe in plant based eating, for me and those that can tolerate it, but I’d love to know how someone with as severe an intolerance as she has can also benefit from plants what won’t exacerbate symptoms.

  9. As the above poster highlights, salycilates are not always beneficial. Contemporary theory is showing a rise in salycilate intolerance where salycilates can cause severe harm in some patients. The increase in extemely strong tumeric shots without any guidance on the adverse effects of salycilate intolerance in some people, is a worry. Indians might have a lower rate of cancers but have higher rates of other diseases such as diabetes. I am suggesting there is a link and I am not as educated as the writer of this article but I do think people need to be aware of all sides of the argument. Salycilate intolerance is growing.

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