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27 Foods that Contain Natural Aspirin

27 Foods that Contain Natural Aspirin

When most people experience headaches, joint pain, or other aches in their body, they turn to aspirin or another anti-inflammatory drug.

Aspirin was originally derived from the herbs meadowsweet and willow bark and later synthesized by the pharmaceutical industry to create a patentable product, which they do to increase profits. When natural compounds are synthesized in a laboratory and then marketed as drugs, they typically cause side-effects that the food and herb sources do not usually cause.

Unfortunately the list of side-effects on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also called NSAIDs) is lengthy and not worth the risk for most people.  It ranges from gastrointestinal irritation to death.  Fortunately, there are many foods that contain salicylates or salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient in aspirin.

Before you pop that pill, consider the many fruits, vegetables, and herbs that contain natural aspirin:


Chili peppers
Currants (including dried currants)
Licorice (the herb, not the candy)
Meadowsweet (an herb)
Plums and prunes
Turmeric (the spice)
Willow bark


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3:53PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014


1:40PM PST on Feb 13, 2014

Very good to know. Thank you.

2:01PM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Useful post.

10:46AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Good to know.

11:15PM PST on Dec 6, 2013

thank-you, for this info.

4:15PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Good info. Thanks.

3:53PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Thank you !! Noted !

11:53PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Excellent, saved this list for later- would like to grow many of these.

8:03PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

This is a great list and I think most people already eat the fruits when in season. I feel it would help a lot if you were to include how much or the amount of each you should be eating a day or weekly. Also, as for the the spices and herbs you mention, I feel it would really help if you included where these are available and should they be fresh and of course the amount you should be taking number of times per day or week. Thank you for your informative article.

7:46AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

thanks, All of these more or less are a seasonal standard part of the diet here in Bulgaria...I rarely have a complaint thet needs a painkiller so perhaps diet is the key

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