Aspirin therapy has been getting a lot of buzz ever since comedian Rosie O’Donnell popped one after suffering a heart attack last year and credited it with saving her life. Now, Swedish researchers have concluded daily low-dose aspirin therapy is not only good for your cardiovascular health, it may also be good for your mind.
Researchers in Sweden looked at a large sampling of elderly Swedish women deemed to be at cardiovascular risk, but who exhibited no clinical signs of dementia. They gave some of these women daily low-dose aspirin for a period of five years, while a placebo group received no aspirin. At the end of the study, the women in the aspirin group not only had better cardiovascular health, they were also less likely to show any clinical signs of depression.
The study was reported recently in the periodical BMJ Open.