Dr Jack A T Edmonds MB BS FRCGP

Private General Practitioner

Your Health in Our Hands

120 Harley Street

Phone: 020 7935 5050
Fax: 020 7935 3888
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Salad Leaves

Key nutrients :  Calcium, beta-carotene, fibre, potassium, folate, iron, Vitamins K, C and E found in an array of varying summer salad leaves from lettuce to chicory.

Healing Properties :  Low in calories but high in minerals and vitamins beneficial to maintain a healthy body.    Good for the colon, heart, anaemia, osteoporosis, cataracts, stress and insomnia!

Cleanses the blood of toxins and protects the colon by binding carcinogens and keeping them away from the colon wall.  Fibre and antioxidants appear also to deactivate production of carcinogens.   Folate is believed to help reduce risk of heart disease.   Lettuce stalks contain small amounts of the natural sedative called lactucarium which is helpful for insomnia and stress.  Chicory is said to relieve gout and rheumatism.   Watercress good for muscle cramps and night blindness.

Choosing and Cooking : Lettuce (butterhead highest in beta-carotene), spinach, watercress, rocket, cress, chicory, endive to mention a few are all recommended eaten raw or cooked.  Pick or buy fresh, wash and eat or refrigerate asap. 

ASPIRIN - The USPSTF recommends that adults in their 50s start low-dose aspirin if they have a 10% or greater 10-year cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, do not have bleeding risk factors and are willing to take aspirin for at least 10 years. Adults in their 60s with similar CVD risk can also consider starting low-dose aspirin but are at higher risk of bleeding and so are less likely to benefit overall. The Task Force found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of starting aspirin for primary prevention in adults younger than 50 or older than 69.

Some other important points are that preventive aspirin only reduces the future risk for cardiovascular events and colorectal cancer but doesn't appear to affect the numbers of deaths from those conditions. Taking aspirin does not modify the need for adults age 50-75 years to undergo regular colorectal cancer screening and once a patient decides to start taking aspirin for primary prevention, his or her CVD and bleeding risk factors should be periodically reassessed to make sure that it still makes sense to continue.

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