Does baby aspirin lower blood pressure? 
Can it be taken with a blood thinner? 
What are the natural ways to lower blood pressure?

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A bottle of Bayer baby aspirin Photo credit: Science History Institute*      Photo credit: Science History Institute*   

Here's a little bit of aspirin trivia. In 2000, experts found that children who take aspirin can develop Reye’s syndrome. Reye's syndrome is a rare disease that causes brain and liver damage after a viral infection or the flu. So production of these tasty tablets stopped.

Now-a-days, you don’t have to be a kid to take baby aspirin. Almost 29 million Americans take it to “thin the blood.” 

I don’t know how much “thinning” happens with that, though. Aspirin doesn’t change the thickness, or viscosity, of the blood. But it does prevent heart attacks and strokes in people who have already had one.

Aspirin therapy is not recommended for folks who haven't already had a cardiac event or stroke. For these folks, the risk of serious bleeding outweighs the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Blood thinners come in two kinds: Anti-platelets and anti-coagulants

Aspirin is an anti-platelet drug. It helps to keep the platelets in your blood from sticking together. So it takes longer for your blood to clot. 

People take a daily 81 milligram dose of aspirin -- what was the baby’s dose -- to make it less likely that their body will form a clot. And because of that, they have a reduced risk of heart attack or stroke. People with atherosclerosis usually take anti-platelet drugs.

Drugs like heparin and warfarin are anti-coagulants. These drugs get in the way of fibrin formation which is needed to form clots and stop bleeding. People who have atrial fibrillation traditionally have taken anti-coagulants.

You can combine some blood thinners, but not others.  Recommendations for combining any medications should always come from your doctor.

I’m glad that you asked about natural ways to lower blood pressure. These are some pharma-free ways to do it:
  • Weight loss, 5% of body weight brings about significant benefits
  • Exercise, any is better than none
  • Stress reduction,  methods like prayer and meditation
  • Good sleep, 8 hours in bed that includes 7 hours asleep
  • Hibiscus tea, 3-4 cups a day
  • Ground flax seeds, 2-3 tablespoons a day
  • Watermelon, a lot of it -- 2 lbs a day
  • Red wine, with alcohol removed
  • Vegetables, raw is better than cooked, but cooked is good too

Neither aspirin nor other blood thinners change blood pressure. But I suppose, if you had a major cut and were bleeding a lot, aspirin could prevent a scab from forming. And that could cause enough blood loss to lower your blood pressure.

High blood pressure is the #1 risk factor for death and disability around the world. So it's worth making the effort to add these natural ways to lower blood pressure to your life. Likewise, you should also avoid the things that contribute to high blood pressure. i.e., animal products, smoking, being sedentary, excess salt, and alcohol.

A 2014 JAMA study of more than 89,000 people showed that folks who eat meat-free diets (that includes red meat, chicken, fish, pork, etc) cut their risk of high blood pressure by 50%. But those eating meat-free, egg-free, and dairy-free have 75% lower risk.

The more animal-free you can be, the better.

What Would Peggy Do?  I'm happy to tell you.

*Science History Institute. Bayer Orange Flavoured Children's Chewable Aspirin Bottle. Photograph, 2017. Science History Institute. Philadelphia.
Yokoyama Y, Nishimura K, Barnard ND, Takegami M, Watanabe M, Sekikawa A, Okamura T, Miyamoto Y. Vegetarian diets and blood pressure: a meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Apr;174(4):577-87. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.14547. PMID: 24566947.


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  1. I would like to try incorporating flax seed to lower my blood pressure as you suggested. Would you recommend taking it over the course of the day or all at once?
    Peggy Kraus AUTHOR  07/23/2023 05:52 AM Central
    Hi Maria, Thanks for your question! The studies that have been done used flaxseed in foods that were spread out over the whole day. So that's what I would suggest. As an ingredient in breads, added to oatmeal, sprinkled over salads and pasta, etc., a few tablespoons of ground flax seed each day (ideally 4 T a day) can lower your blood pressure enough to reduce your risk of stroke by 46% and your risk of heart attack by 29%. That's way more effective than taking some BP meds like calcium channel blockers or ace inhibitors.
  2. As always, Peggy, your articles are full of important , “right on” information ——I always learn something new, interesting, & vitally important👏👏. Thank you, thank you —- Joan
    Peggy Kraus AUTHOR  07/20/2023 07:20 PM Central
    Peggy Kraus AUTHOR  07/20/2023 07:21 PM Central
    Joan! I'm so glad the posts bring you worthwhile info. Stay tuned for more solid info!
  3. I found your advice very helpful but while I understand how following a meat free diet helps lower high blood pressure I am not sure why you include eggs as well. I thought an egg would be a healthy option for breakfast?
    Peggy Kraus AUTHOR  07/20/2023 07:33 PM Central
    I don't mean to sound quip, but eggs are not a health food. Here are several evidence-based reasons.

    1. Eggs are the exact opposite of what a healthful food is. Food that nourishes the body is high in fiber and low in fat. Eggs have ZERO fiber and are relatively high in fat and cholesterol. Eating even one egg a day may exceed the safe upper limit for cholesterol intake in terms of cardiovascular disease risk. Dietary cholesterol may also contribute to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and cholesterol consumption was found to be a strong predictor of cirrhosis and liver cancer. Those consuming the amount of cholesterol found in two Egg McMuffins or more each day appeared to double their risk of hospitalization or death.

    2. In 2010, more than half a billion eggs were recalled due to Salmonella outbreaks. Salmonella may survive scrambled, over-easy, and sunny-side-up cooking methods, as well as in cooked omelets and french toast, and perhaps even in eggs boiled up to eight minutes.

    3. Compared with men who rarely eat eggs, men eating even less than one egg a day appear to have twice the risk of prostate cancer progression. And, men who consume two and a half or more eggs per week—basically an egg every three days—may have an 81 percent increased risk of dying from prostate cancer.

    4. Choline, a compound found concentrated in eggs, promotes blockages in the artery walls. The choline in eggs, like the carnitine in red meat, is converted into a toxin called trimethylamine by bacteria existing in meat-eaters’ guts. Trimethylamine, once oxidized in the liver, appears to increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and premature death.

    And my personal favorite reason for giving eggs the boot... Eating just a single egg a week appeared to increase the odds of diabetes by 76%. Two eggs a week appeared to double the odds, and just a single egg a day tripled the odds.
    I rest my case.

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