Daily Aspirin

Preventing Heart Disease With Aspirin

…medications. (For example, aspirin increases the activity of blood thinners such as Coumadin, and its cardiovascular benefits are negated by ibuprofen.) So, how much should you take? The recommended dosage of aspirin ranges from 81 mg (the amount in baby aspirin) to 325 mg daily. For most folks, 81 mg per…

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Tips for Preventing Cancer

…dreaded disease. Aspirin Slashes Risk Factors for Cancer In a landmark study published in 2010 in The Lancet, Oxford University researchers analyzed data on more than 25,000 patients involved in eight randomized, placebo-controlled trials that evaluated the effects of daily aspirin. Although the original…

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Benefits of Pycnogenol

…heart attacks and strokes. A group of smokers, in whom this process is accelerated, were given either 500 mg of aspirin or 100–120 mg of Pycnogenol. Pycnogenol performed as well as aspirin in reducing platelet clumping. More recent research found that Pycnogenol also helps enhance production of nitric…

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5 Supplements for Heart Health

…reduces flushing. A baby aspirin (81 mg) half an hour before taking niacin at bedtime is helpful as well. Note: I don’t recommend inositol hexaniacinate, or “no-flush” niacin, for lipid lowering because it doesn’t work as well. I recommend taking 500–2,000 mg of niacin daily, in divided doses. Caution…

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Niacin: Is it Really Safe and Effective?

…stand by niacin. Most of our patients see benefits with 1,000–2,000 mg daily. Start with a low dose and build up gradually over the course of a few weeks. Taking it in divided doses with meals reduces flushing. A baby aspirin (81 mg) half an hour before taking niacin and taking it at bedtime are helpful…

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Four Natural Pain Relievers

…stronger painkillers. But be wary. While sporadic use of these drugs is acceptable, using them long-term can be disastrous. NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen, are notorious for causing stomach upset, ulcers and serious bleeding that result in more than 16,000 deaths each year—plus they can…

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Tips for Treating Plantar Fasciitis

…edge of the stair, lean forward a bit and slowly drop your heels toward the floor below. Hold for 30 seconds, then relax. Do three repetitions twice daily. To stretch out the plantar fascia more directly, rub your bare or stocking feet over an unopened 12-ounce can or a golf ball. Do this for about three…

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Four Ways to Reduce Stroke Risk

…ways that you can naturally lower blood pressure. 2. Give your body stroke-preventing nutritional supplements. You can reduce stroke risk by taking a daily antioxidant-rich multivitamin and mineral supplement, as well as additional folic acid (at least 800 mcg per day total), vitamin E (up to 1,200 IU total…

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