Reducing the Risk of Colon Cancer: What Do Aspirin and Organic Food Have in Common?
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Reducing the Risk of Colon Cancer: What Do Aspirin and Organic Food Have in Common?

Beloved aspirin has been working magic on aches and pains for over 100 years. The over-the-counter medication is known to block production of natural substances called prostaglandins, reducing pain, swelling and even considered a preventive measure in certain cancers. The main ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid, is contained in most fruits and vegetables.

Beloved aspirin has been working magic on aches and pains for over 100 years. The over-the-counter medication is known to block production of natural substances called prostaglandins, reducing pain, swelling and even considered a preventive measure in certain cancers. The main ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid, also is contained in most fruits and vegetables. But persistent clinical trials continue to highlight that organic produce may be worth their weight when it comes to salicylic acids.

Organic foods have persistently been researched over the course of a few decades pondering health and nutritional benefits. “Organically grown” is defined as grown without pesticides and synthetic chemicals. Those who choose to “go organic” look at it more than just buying food without pesticides. It is a culture and lifestyle for many who devote their passion to health and wellness. Organic farms must have certification to label produce “organic.” The organic label is all about integrating approved ways that foster recycling, cultural and biological methods to maintain sustainability. Staying away from synthetic fertilizers, genetically modification and irradiation is standard with all organic associations. 

Multiple studies have been suggesting that the ingredient in aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid. is a powerful soldier against a number of cancers. With its potent anti-inflammatory response, salicylic acid has shown strong results with rectal and colon cancer. According to the Lancet Oncology Journal, taking a baby aspirin may help fight the disease but side effects of aspirin outweigh the benefits. Daily doses of aspirin may cause gastrointestinal bleeding.

What many may not know, valuable salicylic acid is also found in organically grown food. Found as a protective compound, it battles against stress and free radicals invading the body. A trial, conducted in 2003 by Dr. John Paterson and a team of researchers  at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland compared salicylic acid between organic soup and non-organic soup. Results documented from the soup trial revealed the organic soup contained 6 times more salicylic acid than the non-organic soup. Dietary salicylates have potent beneficial properties due to their effect on “inflammatory processes.” Many colorectal cancers reveal significantly high levels of an enzyme that converts arachidonic acid into prostaglandins causing inflammation.

Organic fruits and vegetables are natural sources for salicylic acid. The compound is plentiful in fruit including blackberries, strawberries and blueberries. It is also found in guava, apricots and raisins. Pineapple is a terrific source of the compound. Tomatoes as well as mushrooms and peppers contain the powerful organic acid. Increased amounts can be found in certain spices such as cayenne, peanuts and almonds. Certain pesticide control practices hinder the natural ability for production of salicylic acid in fruits and vegetables. According to “organicfoodinfo.net,” the average piece of non-organic fruit contains over 20 pesticides. Pesticides contain phosphorous which eat up valuable trace minerals from the soil.

Nutritional research initiated examination on whether natural salicylates are superior to synthetic salicylates in 1903 and continue today to probe into their comparison with aspirin. The subject remains elusive and more research is needed, but organic foods continue to look promising for healing and wellness. The most effective way to prevent colon cancer is to have regular screenings. The American Cancer Society advises getting checked at age 50 for men and women and earlier of cancer runs in the family. It is also wise to consume organic fruits and vegetables. Not only is organic fare tastier, it helps the community, the planet and maintains unique varieties of produce alive.

Sources:

Oxford Journals.org “Salicylic Acid: A Link Between Aspirin, Diet and Prevention of Colorectal Cancer”; J.R Paterson, J.R. Lawrence

www.pubmed.gov/salicylic acid in soups

www.cancer.org

www.organicfoodinfo.net

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