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New Evidence That Humans Make Aspirin’s Active Principle — Salicylic Acid (December 26, 2008) — Scientists are reporting evidence that humans can make their own salicylic acid — the material formed when aspirin breaks down in the body. Salicylic acid, which is responsible for aspirin’s renowned effects in relieving pain and inflammation, may be the first in a new class of bioregulators, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. … > full story