An Aspirin A Day: 5 Things You Need to Know

Many people are taking an aspirin a day to keep the doctor away, instead of the proverbial apple.  If you are among those taking aspirin daily, you should consider the drug’s effects on your body and its essential nutrient stores.  Here are 5 things you should consider:

1.  Increased loss of folic acid in urine as well as reduced blood levels of folic acid have been found in arthritics taking aspirin.  Folic acid is necessary to help us deal with stress, to keep our immune system strong, and as a coenzyme that ensures the proper functioning of many biochemical reactions in our bodies.  To counter the lost folic acid, most doctors recommend 400 mcg of folic acid daily for arthritics taking aspirin.

2.  Aspirin can cause gastrointestinal bleeding that causes loss of iron from the body.  If continued over the long-term, iron-deficiency anemia can result.  Women, particularly menstruating women, may be vulnerable to anemia.  Be sure to have your iron levels tested.  Iron supplementation may be beneficial in cases where iron deficiency is confirmed with laboratory tests. Read more about iron requirements and vegetable-based sources.

3.  Aspirin may deplete vitamin B12 in people with heart disease.  The drug can also damage the stomach in some cases, an organ that plays a critical role in vitamin B12 absorption.  Vitamin B12 is necessary for our energy levels, balanced moods, memory and nervous system functions.  Supplementary vitamin B12 may help address any deficiencies of this nutrient.

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 skin’s 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.

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Elisa F.
Elisa F.1 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago


William and Kat Dresbach
Katie D.3 years ago

Even the smallest dosge of aspirin, like baby aspirin or 83 mg. is good !
Folic Acid is good in Beans, refried and all!
Remember the "musical fruit" well after you are used to eating this it won't be "musical"!
your body will adjust and feel better too!
Give you more Energy!

Abbe A.
Azaima A.3 years ago

trade off

Margie B.
Past Member 3 years ago

It is obviously a personal decision to take aspirin or not.
I feel the benifits are greater then the negative effects.
Everyone should be taking at least a multi vitamin anyway.

Ray Diaz
Ray Diaz4 years ago

Very informative, thanks for the article.

Deborah Litster
Deborah Litster4 years ago

i'd say the benefits sometimes outway and to make sure you get zinc vitamin C folic acid and b vitamins tylenol is a lot scarier and really popular

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado4 years ago

I thought it was safe to take daily!

Anita P.
Anita P.4 years ago

This is good info, although I take an aspirin maybe 3x per week. I do this to prevent a nasty cluster headache that I sometimes wake up with. These are very intense headaches and I find this helps ME, I have not had a headache in quite sometime. I also find the effects of aspirin as a pain reliver to last a couple of days so I do not agree with taking it every day. Aspirin is also an anti-inflamatory. You may want to take note of the article that was in AARP about the dangers of taking all pain relievers including IB. I agree with the person who would prefer to stay away from all drugs!
There is an herb considered to be "herbal aspirin", White Willow Bark, as always check with your doc first.

Zee Kallah
Past Member 4 years ago

I prefer to stay away from all medicine.

I use sacred energy flows.