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Aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid, is one of the oldest medications in use today; it is still the most commonly found substance in most medicine cabinets. Its active ingredient is found in the bark of the willow tree as well as in oil of wintergreen.
Aspirin’s best-known use is as an antiinflammatory, countering inflammations that cause body aches and pains. But recent evidence demonstrates that those little white pills have miraculous disease-preventing qualities, particularly regarding the three most dreaded geriatric diseases: cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), cancer, and dementia.
The way aspirin reduces inflammation is by blocking an enzyme our bodies needs to make a group of compounds that promote inflammation and its symptoms. For some time many researchers have felt that chronic, long-term inflammation is an important part of a series of events that leads to many types of cancers. Read the rest of this entry »