4.† Aspirin may deplete vitamin C.† Vitamin C is required for bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell creation. It helps accelerate wound healing, aids with the production of collagen which helps maintain skinís youthful elasticity, and is essential to helping us cope with stress.† Supplementation of a few hundred milligrams of vitamin C daily may counter this depletion. See these 6 food sources of vitamin C.
5.† Aspirin has been shown to decrease blood levels of zinc.† Zinc is required for proper digestion and utilization of carbohydrate foods like grains, vegetables, fruits, and sugars, and protein foods like meat, eggs, and beans. Men typically have higher zinc needs than women to support healthy prostate function. This essential mineral is necessary for the body to manufacture at least 200 different enzymes needed for various aspects of metabolism and life. Our blood, bones, brain, heart, liver, and muscles also depend on adequate levels of this important mineral to function properly. Supplementing with zinc may address these losses.
Adapted with permission from The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook, BSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM.