Vitamin C, Aspirin and Ulcer Prevention

The following article,  “Aspirin and Vitamin C” is a guest article by Dr. Leo Galland, one of the true icons in the field of integrative medicine. He has graciously allowed me to reproduce it here. It’s from his website, pilladvised.com

Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) has been around for over a hundred years and can be a useful drug for treating pain. Millions of people take low dose aspirin every day in an effort to prevent heart attacks or strokes. But aspirin can erode the lining of the stomach or intestines, causing internal bleeding, even at low doses.

Research on Aspirin and Vitamin C

Research studies done in Germany demonstrate that aspirin interferes with absorption of vitamin C and regular use of aspirin can deplete the gastrointestinal lining of vitamin C.

German researchers have shown that taking vitamin C along with aspirin can decrease the amount of stomach damage that aspirin produces in healthy humans and in patients with inflammation of the stomach caused by infection with Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that causes ulcers.

No dietary supplement is guaranteed to prevent aspirin-induced gastrointestinal damage.

If you are taking aspirin, ask your doctor whether vitamin C might be good to take along with it.

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4 Comments

  1. JEFF ADAMS

    HOW MUCH? THIS IS VALUABLE INFORMATION. AS RECOMMENDED BY MY INTERNIST AND MY CARDIOLOGIST I TAKE TWO 81-MG COATED ASPIRIN TABS EACH DAY. BUT THE WAY YOU HAVE PRESENTED IT IS A WASTE OF MY TIME. I CAN ASK MY INTERNIST — BUT FIRST I WANT TO SEE WHAT ARE THE DOSAGE GUIDELINES THIS RESEARCH OUTLINES. PLEASE REPORT “IN THE FORMAT OF YOUR OPINION” THE DOSAGE GUIDELINES IT IN “PLAIN ENGLISH” — THIS ABSTRACT IS NOT CLEAR.

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    • Dr. Jonny

      i don’t know that it’s a waste of time, but i think what Dr. Galland is pointing out is that vitamin C might be a good addition to an aspirin regimine. My personal opinion is that you can probably do as well with fish oil, although i will admit there’s a lot of research supporting the baby aspirin theory.. I wonder though if you couldn’t get the same results with natural blood thinners like fish oil, gingko, etc and without any potential GI side effects.

      warmly
      jb

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  2. Lou Meniketti

    Should anyone using low-dose aspirin consider switching to a properly-dosed curcumin supplement?

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