Most have heard taking an aspirin a day will keep the heart attacks away, but did you know that aspirin can prevent certain cancers and treat other illnesses? Young adults can benefit from taking aspirin daily too, and studies have proven it. Research has shown a 37% reduction of death in those people who take low dose aspirin daily.
Aspirin is an NSAID – a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is also an antithrombotic (reduces clotting) and antipyretic (reduces fever). It is a stable drug that’s been around for a long time.
Aspirin has been used for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians found that ingesting the bark of willow trees helped them feel better, reduce fever and decrease inflammation, not knowing it was due to salicylic acid, the main ingredient of the bark.
Early in the twentieth century, a German chemist by the name of Felix Hoffmann, worked for Friedrich Bayer & Co, a German dye company. Urged by his arthritic father to find something to reduce his suffering, Felix helped with the production of acetylsalicylic acid, a modification of salicylic acid. He urged Bayer to market this drug which became Bayer Aspirin, patented in early 1900.
In the 1960s it was discovered aspirin could inhibit platelet aggregation around the heart, preventing heart attacks caused by blood clots. Most heart attacks occur after a clot travels from the blood and lodges in the heart.
Besides heart attack, aspirin can be used to treat and prevent other diseases. Here are just a few conditions that can possibly benefit from the use of aspirin.
There are two kinds of stroke. When a blood vessel to the brain leaks or breaks, it is called a hemorrhagic stroke. When a clot travels to the brain, an ischemic stroke occurs. Aspirin can help reduce the incidence of clot causing strokes.
Studies have shown taking low dose aspirin daily can reduce breast, colorectal, melanoma, gastrointestinal, liver, ovarian, and head and neck cancers by at least 30%.
Since there is impaired circulation with this disease causing blindness, coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral swelling, it seems as if taking aspirin daily is a no-brainer.
Aspirin is not for everyone. Always check with your physician or health care giver and make sure aspirin is right for you.
Possible Side Effects and Cautions
- Easy bruising.
- GI bleeding.
- Kidney failure.
- Do not take if you have a bleeding disorder.
- Aspirin should never be given to children following a viral illness because of Reye’s syndrome.
Crush an aspirin and mix it with water, making a paste. Place on face for five minutes and rinse. This will help remove redness and help dry blemishes.
Dead Car Battery
Reader’s Digest says that dropping 2 aspirins into a dead car battery can revive it and get you going to a service area.
A crushed aspirin in the vase can help cut flowers last longer.
Soak perspiration, grass, or nicotine stains with crushed aspirin and 1/2 cup of water.
Dropping a tablet in your wash can help whiten laundry and prevent yellowing.
Try adding some crushed aspirin to your shampoo.
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