An apple a day, keeps the doctor away, that old saying was engraved on every child since the beginning of time to remind them to eat healthier. This came about because apples contain Vitamin C, which aids the immune system, and phenols, which reduce cholesterol. But an even better phrase that works for adults and young would be – an aspirin a day keeps cancer at bay.
Aspirin has become the pill of choice to doctor wannabe mothers, and for good reason too. A while back news broke out that aspirin can reduce the risk of cancer by over 60 percent, which is great, but now researchers at the University of Oxford said that the small pill can also stop the spread of cancer in patients who already suffer from the disease.
According to Peter Rothwell, the lead researcher, the aspirin achieves this by affecting blood platelets to reduce inflammation. In his study, he determined that cancer patients who take daily aspirin prevent their cancer from spreading over %50 of the time in compare to those who don’t take the drug.
Like any other drug and medical treatment, before you start taking aspirin on the daily basis, consult your doctor. Aspirin does have some side effects, if the pill works by preventing inflammation in the blood platelets; this means the blood is thinned out. Meaning you can have internal bleeding. [The Lancet]