7 Things You Didn’t Know About Aspirin

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 August, 2009 | permalink

AspirinWe’re always hearing about the health benefits of regular exercise and a balanced diet but the effects of Aspirin is often confusing. Brent McNutt has compiled a list of seven things you didn’t know about aspirin. I found this very useful, so I wanted you to know about it too.

Prevent cancer

A study designed by a research team at Washington University and posted in The Journal of Cellular Biochemistry shows that aspirin’s blood thinning property helps slow the spread of cancer cells. People who take aspirin regularly may have a decreased chance of developing some forms of cancer. It’s best to get a doctors opinion before starting any new regimen, so ask your doctor during your next check-up.

Soothe bug bites

You may have heard that it helps to put salt on a mosquito bite to stop it from itching. But, moistening the site of an insect sting and rubbing it with an uncoated aspirin can ease pain and discomfort. Remember this following your next run in with the business end of a bumble bee.

Jump your car

If you find yourself stranded and without jumper cables, check your purse or glove compartment for some aspirin. If you’re in luck, you may be able to get moving again. Adding aspirin to a car battery may help to recharge it enough for one last start of the engine. When it does, be sure to head to the nearest gas station.

Remove stains

From grass to perspiration stains, restoring dirtied clothing to its original condition is a frustrating task. Remove pesky stains by dissolving two crushed aspirin in enough warm water to soak the area.

Clear up pimples

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, aspirin reduces the redness of breakouts. Crush two aspirin and mix it with enough water to make a thick paste. Apply this mixture before bed and you should awake to find that your pimple has cleared up dramatically.

Restore hair color

Blondes, natural and highlighted alike, can attest to the disaster that is hair dyed green after a swim in a chlorinated pool. If you find yourself sporting a less than desirable hue, dissolve eight aspirin enough water to saturate your hair. After about 15-20 minutes, rinse and wash and condition as usual. You’re now free to go back out in public.

Cause Reye’s syndrome

A potentially life-threatening illness, Reye’s syndrome usually occurs when a person is recovering from another viral infection such as influenza. While most people assume taking aspirin is a safe and effective way to relieve a headache, it could prove disastrous for children and teens. Reye’s syndrome, marked by fat accumulations in the liver, leads to organ failure and extreme swelling of the brain. While it can affect adults without the use of aspirin, children and teens seem to have a more marked vulnerability when aspirin is involved.

Who would ever have guessed that such a tiny pill had the potential to do so much, not only for the health and fitness of humans, but for various day-to-day issues? Hopefully now, aspirin will be able to help you in many more ways than just to settle down a headache! Of course, always consult your doctor prior to changing your diet, workout routine or supplement intake.

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Benjamin Cip August 2, 2009

I didn’t know that we could get a cancer by drinking aspirin… how accurate are these informations?

Ben August 2, 2009

Hi Benjamin, the facts above state that aspirin can actually reduce the risk of cancer through it’s blood thinning properties, which slow the spread of cancerous cells.

Despite this, there have been studies to suggest that taking aspirin too regularly can actually increase the risk of getting some cancers such as pancreatic cancer.

Always consult your doctor before changing medication patterns though. :)

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