“Ellagic acids do more than prevent cancer. Berries may also help prevent heart attacks because they contain a natural form of aspirin called salicylates. British researchers analyzed the blood of subjects who were not taking any form of aspirin or drugs containing salicylates. They found salicylic acid and two related compounds present in blood, presumably from dietary sources, including raspberries and blackberries.
Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in Hyattsville, Maryland established a connection between reduced risk of heart attack and increased intake of salicylates. They found that during a 10 year period beginning in 1960, when heart attack rates began to decline, non-aspirin salicylate consumption went up due to salicylate in processed foods which used a synthetic version to add flavor and aroma.
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