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Vitamin C Protects Against Aspirin Damage

Q. Is it safe to take aspirin at the same time I take my vitamins? Will they counteract each other?

A. Taking aspirin with vitamin C (100 to 250 mg) might actually be a good idea. Research has shown that vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can help protect the digestive tract from the irritating effects of aspirin (Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Feb. 1, 2004; Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology, Nov. 2006, Suppl. 5).

Aspirin is an extremely versatile compound that helps to protect against heart disease and many different kinds of cancer, including colon, lung, breast, prostate, esophageal and even skin cancers. It can help prevent blood clots known as deep vein thromboses and is as good as warfarin in treating heart failure. Aspirin does have some serious risks, however, especially bleeding ulcers that could prove lethal. That is why people who take aspirin daily should make sure their physicians are aware of this practice.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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