Some of us are aware of one or two negative side effects from low dose aspirin use to prevent heart attacks. But lately, more side effects, serious ones, of daily aspirin dosing are making the risks outweigh the advantages completely. Fortunately, there are natural substitutes that match or surpass the daily aspirin routine for heart attack protection.
Low Dose Aspirin – Another Allopathic Myth that Backfired
As late as 2007, a massive aspirin TV ad promoting daily low dose aspirin took hold over millions, despite the growing awareness of side effects from this routine. Aspirin zombies were awakened.
Several studies had been conducted on daily aspirin use for over two decades. The studies had mixed results which were mostly negative. The gastric hemorrhaging (stomach bleeding) and ulcer production came in at close to one-third of the trial subjects. That seemed tolerable to some, since second heart attacks were reduced. However, fatal heart attacks were actually not reduced at all by taking low dose aspirin daily.
After a few more years of observation, other side effects manifest. Those on daily aspirin regimens had a twofold increase in hemorrhagic brain strokes, which cripple and kill. This is because aspirin only thins blood, making coagulation difficult when needed. In other more recent studies, kidney and liver problems appeared as a result of daily low dose aspirin.
And now, another side effect from daily low dose aspirin has popped up: Blindness. The age group usually involved with daily aspirins for heart protection is in the same age group most vulnerable to Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
Wet macular degeneration is the type of AMD most likely to develop into blindness. And the rate of wet AMD occurrences among daily aspirin pill poppers was twice that of senior citizens not taking low dose aspirin daily.
So here we are with this allopathic non-stop blood thinning anti-coagulant: Just as likely to die from a heart attack, twice as likely to suffer a stroke, and very likely to undergo stomach bleeding or ulcers with maybe some kidney or liver damage.
And if you survive those “side effects” of low dose aspirin, you may have to learn how to read Braille and get around with a seeing dog. There must be better pills to pop, or why bother? Even though most mainstream MDs don’t know about them, there are several.
Natural heart protectors that allow coagulation while thinning without side effects
Arginine, or L-arginine, is an amino acid that can produce arterial dilation to keep arteries from constricting. Arginine generates short term nitrous oxide (NO), which acts only when needed to keep blood cells from clumping and clotting, but allows coagulation to occur when appropriate. Aspirin only thins blood, making coagulation as needed difficult.
Cayenne Powder, promoted so much by master herbalist John Christopher that he was called “Dr. Cayenne.” It’s an excellent overall supplement and heart tonic. Christopher used massive doses to stop heart attacks with his patients. But you can take a teaspoon full in water two to three times daily for strengthening the cardiovascular system. The cayenne needs to be around 40,000 Shu (Scoville heat units). Good health food stores will have it or you can order online.
Hawthorn berry has been used in Oriental Medicine for centuries. It is usually consumed as a tea. You can purchase or make your own tinctures as well, which many consider more potent than teas. Hawthorn berry is a vasodilator (artery and capillary dilator) that also strengthens the heart muscles and helps maintain regular heart beat rhythm. You can order online, buy at ethnic Oriental markets, or places like Whole Foods.
Jamaica (hu-MY-ka) or Hibiscus flower teas. The flower petals are used to make a tea. Don’t use boiling water. Let them steep, covered in hot water. Make it a very strong dark, deep red. You can refrigerate it and drink it cold. I used to drink cold Jamaica tea after my dose of cayenne. But I’ve gotten lax with buying and making it since I can handle the cayenne heat better now.Jamaica tea has actually been tested and shown to reduce blood pressure.
Tocotrienol, found in natural vitamin E and some CoQ-10 products or even as a separate supplement, is a natural anti-coagulant without side effects.
Vitamin K2, found in natokinase or as separate supplements, keeps calcium from hardening along the inner artery walls of your arteries. This is usually what causes hardening of the arteries, calcification of the inner walls. K2 gets calcium out of the blood stream and into bone matter where it belongs.
Other beneficial natural anti-coagulants are fish oil and vitamin C. Proper diet and moderate exercise are the common sense lifestyle rules that serve as your foundation for heart health regardless of any medicinal supplement choices you deem necessary.