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:
Currants (including dried currants)
Licorice (the herb, not the candy)
Meadowsweet (an herb)
Plums and prunes
Turmeric (the spice)
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