A current study, published by the Lancet Journal, suggests that taking a low dose aspirin can cut the risk of developing colon cancer, but side effects are a concern. The main ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid, is responsible for its anti-inflammatory action, reducing heart disease as well as now combating colon and rectal cancer. The presence of salicylic acid should also be acknowledged in organic fruits and vegetables.
Salicylic acid is naturally present in organic produce. It works as a defense hormone in fruits and vegetables protecting plants from stress and disease. A study was conducted by Dr. John Paterson and his research team at the University of Strathglyde, Glasglow, Scotland comparing salicylic acid between organic soups and non-organic soups. The results showed 6 times more salicylic acid in the organic soup. Higher levels of the protective compound were found more in vegetarians than non-vegetarians. The study proved that dietary salicylates had the same effect as aspirin fighting cancer.
Organic foods have been thoroughly studied over the past few decades, mostly on nutritional and health benefits. Organic foods grow without pesticides and synthetic chemicals. According to the website, organicfoodinfo.net, the average piece of non-organic fruit contains over 20 pesticides. Organic food has over 50 percent more vitamins and minerals. Pesticides and chemicals deplete antioxidants in the body, breaking down the immune system. Pesticides contain phosphorous that swallow minerals from the soil. Our earth then lacks quality nutrients making it necessary to obtain more vitamins and supplements.
Past aspirin studies have also been found taking daily doses of 500 milligrams to prevent colon cancer, but side effects that include powerful stomach issues, make it not worthwhile. A smaller dosage, such as baby aspirin, appears to reduce side effects. The researchers commented that even though the baby aspirin seems promising, it should only be taken under supervision of a health care practitioner. Side effects were not looked at during the study. Dr. Eric Jacobs,Ph.D., of the American Cancer Society, recommends not taking the drug as a cancer preventative. Long term consumption of baby aspirin can increase gastro-intestinal bleeding.
The most effective way to prevent colon cancer is to have regular screenings. The American Cancer Society advises getting checked at age 50 for men and women and earlier if the disease runs in the family. It also may be beneficial to eat organic fruits and vegetables in our daily lives. Not only is organic food tastier, it helps the community, it helps the planet and keeps unique varieties of produce alive.
“The Lancet Journal: Salicylic Acid and Organic Soups”
www.pubmed.gov/ salicylic acid in soups
“Press Democrat:Low dose Aspirin Cuts Colon Cancer Risk”; Oct. 2010